Iranian teen arrested for posting dance videos on Instagram

Iranian teen arrested for posting dance videos on Instagram

Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old gymnast, was detained by police after she posted a video of her dancing to Western pop music in her bedroom.

It shows her without a mandatory headscarf, which is obligatory in the conservative Islamic republic.

She had posted around 300 videos on her Instagram account to her some 43,000 followers, many of which showed her dancing. Her account has since been suspended. Iranian police have said they plan to shut down similar accounts on Instagram, and the judiciary is considering blocking access to the site. 

Social media users have shared their own videos and messages of support for Miss Hojabri, the Independent reported.

Some women can be seen without their headscarves, but their faces covered. Others dance in public.

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