Iranian Gymnast Detained Over Dance Videos On Instagram

Ria Das
Jul 09, 2018 11:05 IST
Iranian teen detained over Instagram dance videos

An Iranian gymnast is literally facing the music for posting her dance videos on Instagram. The teenager’s videos were widely criticized after State TV broadcast them recently. The videos show Maedeh Hojabri, 18-year-old gymnast, dancing for her followers and making a bold statement of breaking the societal norms. Following the outcry, the teenager has been detained.


While she has been accused of breaking moral norms, Hojabri has denied the blame, saying that her intention was not to go against traditional boundaries, but to increase the number of followers. It is not clear whether her statement was given under coercion or not.

Shabooneh, a local news website, called out Hojabri and three other individuals’ acts against morality a disgraceful event and they were detained on similar charges in recent weeks. However, they were released on bail later, according to the Associated Press.

With around 300 videos shared on her account, Hojabri flaunts dance moves in both Iranian and Western styles. She has ditched the hijab in those, thus breaking the obligatory Islamic headscarf tradition. Her performances have garnered her thousands of followers on various accounts with her name on them, ranging from 12,000 to 66,000 followers and counting.

The Iranian police have confirmed taking serious actions against such accounts on Instagram.

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Several supporters on social media are speaking up against the overall situation in Iran, and how the lives of women there is controlled and manipulated.

This year marks Iranian women taking a leap forward when they were allowed to watch Iran’s FIFA 2018 World Cup clash with Spain after Tehran’s provincial council gave the nod. It’s been 40 years that the women have been banned from watching men’s sporting events in Iran. But the law still doesn't allow "un-Islamic behaviour".

Feature Image Credit: Arab News

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