Friday, 20 September 2019

Iran TV film shows girl crying, admitting ‘dancing is a crime’

TEHRAN:A film on Iranian state television showing social media users being upbraided for allegedly promoting dance online has sparked criticism from reformists in the Islamic republic.

The broadcast, aired Friday on flagship channel Irib 1, featured men and women whose faces were not shown being questioned and made to repent for activities portrayed as contrary to Islamic law and “family values”.

Daily newspaper Haft-e Sobh, close to conservatives in Iran, reported that four of those interviewed were arrested at an unknown date and then released.

Among them was a young woman who became popular for posting Instagram videos of herself dancing without a veil and in t-shirts revealing her tattooed midriff, reformist newspaper Etemad reported.

In the broadcast footage, the woman identified as Maedeh Hojabri breaks down in tears before admitting that “dancing is a crime”, the newspaper wrote.

“But I never posted anything bad on Instagram, never,” the woman said in the programme.

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