Woman Arrested in Iran for Posting Videos of Herself Dancing on Instagram

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

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Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old Instagram star in Iran, was detained last week after posting hundreds of videos showing her dancing.

Iran State TV broadcast a video on Friday in which Hojabri acknowledged breaking "moral norms" while insisting that was not her intention. In several videos, she chose to appear without wearing the obligatory headscarf.

She claims she was trying only trying to gain followers.

It was not known whether her public confession was made under duress or whether she was released as a result.

Three other women who, like Hojabri, built a following on Instagram with their dance videos, have been taken into custody, according to the Asr-Iran news website. People in Iran typically get around government blocks of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by using VPNs.

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"In April, the judiciary arrested a senior Iranian official after a video posted online that showed young boys and girls dancing in public in the northeastern holy Shiite city of Mashhad for undermining public decency".

Hojabri's arrest, however, has prompted outrage among other social media users.

After her detention Hojabri was featured in a TV program about social media, where she appeared with her face in shadow and was accused by her interviewer of posting images "that disrupt society". "It wasn't for attracting attention", she said, according to The Guardian. And while authorities sometimes turn a blind eye on some violations of the country's strict laws on female clothing or Western music, Iran still regularly punishes violations to set examples.

"For centuries people have uncovered themselves and danced and this religion wasn't harmed", Iranian cleric Mohammad-Reza Zaeri wrote on his Instagram page. In 2014, a group of Pharrell Williams fans were arrested for filming themselves dancing to the song Happy on the rooftops of Tehran. they received suspended sentences of imprisonment and 91 lashes.

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