Girl arrested for posting dance videos on social media in Iran, women come in support, post videos of themselves dancing

Maedeh’s videos showed her dancing to Iranian and Western pop music at home without the mandatory headscarf, or hijab

The Hush Post: The Iranian police have arrested a girl for posting her dance videos on social media. 17-year-old Maedeh Hojabri has been accused on hurting religious sentiments and ‘breaking’ the Iranian law. Her videos showed her dancing to Iranian and Western pop music at home without the mandatory headscarf, or hijab.

Maedeh had been sharing hundreds of dance videos on her Instagram account which had gathered her tens of thousands of followers, and so has her arrest. Maedeh’s videos on In support of the teenager, women in Iran have posted videos of themselves dancing online.

State TV airs Maedeh’s ‘confession’

In the meanwhile, the Iranian state TV, IRIB, on Friday broadcast a video apparently showing her confession regretting recording and uploading the clips. However, social media users speculate that her statement was forced. Some even claimed that Maedeh had already been released on bail on the condition that she will never again indulge in posting her videos.

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Maedeh posted 300 dance videos

Maedeh’s Instagram profile is said to have been shut down by police after her detention. Iranian police said they would delete accounts with similar content on Instagram, with the judiciary mulling to block access to the social media platform. Maedeh has shared more than 300 videos on Instagram till date.

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Women prohibited from dancing in public in Iran

It is pertinent to note that the Iranian government has strict rules governing women’s clothing and dancing. The Islamic country prohibits dancing with members of the opposite sex in public, except in front of immediate family members. Though children in schools were taught dance in school earlier but after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, dancing became one of the major crimes in the state.

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