Iranian girl detained for posting dance videos , twitter erupts with outrage

Iranian girl detained for posting dance videos , twitter erupts with outrage

Teenager Maedah Hojbari, who has tens of thousands of followers on Instagram, regularly posts videos and images of herself without a headscarf, which is a mandatory piece of clothing for women in Iran when going into public spaces.

Hojabri and an unknown number of other social media users were arrested at an unknown date. "The person playing the instrument cut my performance short and left the scene because of the fear that his instruments would be confiscated if police saw a woman dancing".

Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old gymnast, posted clips on Instagram that showed her swaying in her bedroom in various outfits, The Guardian reported. "I had some followers and these videos were for them". Recently she got arrested just because of uploading her dancing videos on her Instagram.

It's not clear what sentence Hojabri might face for her dancing videos but she has been reportedly released on bail along with the other three women. I did not want to encourage others to do the same. "I only do gymnastics".

Dozens reacted to Hojabri's detention by uploading their own dance videos. "Because for them, it's unbelievable!" the comment read.

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On Saturday, the Iranian government channel First TV published the confessions of Instagram models, who admitted to "promoting moral deviation".

Hojabri had been dancing in a public forum, which is frowned upon in conservative Iranian circles, and doing so without the headscarf prescribed by Iran's clerical rulers.

Earlier this year, a city official in Mashhad was arrested after footage emerged of men and women dancing at a mall in the city. Similarly, in August past year, six people were arrested for taking Zumba classes at a public square in Tehran.

In September 2014, seven young people were sentenced to prison time and flogging, sentences that were later reduced upon appeal, for producing a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" at different locations in Tehran.

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