Iranian women dance for arrested teen

Bedroom Police: Iranian Teen Detained over Instagram Dance Videos

Iranian teen posted these videos of her dancing. They got her arrested

On Friday, a woman identified as Maedeh reportedly appeared in a state TV video broadcast and admitted to breaking moral norms, in what activists say was a forced appearance.

Often in these cases, such statements are made under duress in Iran.

Eighteen-year-old Maedeh Hojabri was arrested recently for posting videos of her dancing on Instagram.

Iran has been roiled by demonstrations against the ruling regime in recent months, with people in the capital Tehran especially keen to raise their voices against the Islamic theocracy's rulers.

The news caused outrage across social media, notably among numerous Iranian diaspora.

The video was posted on Hojabri's Instagram account, on which she amassed 600,000 followers, The Guardian reported.

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".

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Iran has already blocked access to many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app.

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Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi commented on Instagram. Dancing with people of the opposite sex with who are not relatives is forbidden.

There are strict laws on women's clothing in public. Iranian police also said they plan to shut down similar accounts on Instagram.

In April, an official of the Islamic guidance department was arrested after a video showing a group of young men and women clapping and dancing during a concert at a shopping mall in Masshad.

In 2014, six Iranians, three men and three unveiled women, received suspended sentences of one year imprisonment and 91 lashes for a video that showed them dancing on Tehran's rooftops to Pharrell William's song "Happy".

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