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Iranian woman defies country's laws, dances to 'Little Mix' without hijab

The unidentified young woman, who could be seen dancing on a Tehran subway train to a song by the British pop group 'Little Mix', has thrown an open challenge to the laws in Iran, where dancing in public is prohibited, The Independent reported Thursday.

world Updated: Nov 29, 2014 02:26 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

In yet another act of defiance against Iran's repressive morality laws, a woman has recorded herself dancing in public in Tehran Metro without the hijab (head scarf).

The laws in Tehran strictly forbid women from dancing in public or be seen without the mandatory hijab.

However, in this audacious, the woman not only matches steps to British pop group Little Mix's song Salute, but does not attempt to hide her identity either, as reported by Britain's The Telegraph.

The video was uploaded on the Facebook page My Stealthy Freedom where Iranian women have been adding their photos and videos without the hijab with the hashtag, #mystealthyfreedom.

Under Islamic law in Iran, women must cover themselves in public and a 'morality police' ensures that women respect the dress code in public.

This is not the first video in defiance of the morality laws in Iran either. Earlier this year, the video of an Iranian woman dancing without hijab in the desert had gone viral on YouTube. The news was widely reported in the western media.

However, Iran is quick to take action against such acts of defiance. Six young Iranians were arrested and forced to apologise after posting a home-made version of US singer Pharrell Williams's hit song Happy.

In the clip, three men and three unveiled women were seen singing and dancing to the song in various areas of Tehran.

Iran termed the video, a "vulgar clip which hurt public chastity". The YouTube video got almost a quarter of a million views and Williams himself came out in support of the Iranian performers.

In another recent case, 25-year-old British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami went on hunger strike after she was jailed for trying to watch a volleyball match.

Ghavami was arrested on June 20 after attempting to attend a men's volleyball match between Iran and Italy in Tehran's Azadi Stadium.

Women are banned from attending volleyball and football matches in Iran, which officials say protects them from lewd behaviour. Held in solitary confinement during a part of her arrest, she was released on bail in November. This case attracted a lot of global attention and Amnesty International termed it 'appalling'.

First Published: Nov 28, 2014 15:31 IST

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