Teenagers dance to a Selena Gomez song without headscarves in Iran. Photo/@thedriman/TikTok
TEHERAN – In most countries, a group of teenage girls publicly recording a TikTok dance to a Selena Gomez song is not uncommon.
But in Iran, where women are prohibited from dancing in public and wearing the headscarf is mandatory, the dancing is seen as an act of defiance.
The authorities certainly see it that way. “The authorities detained the five teenagers and forced them to record a video regretting their actions,” said a report by Italian newspaper la Repubblica.
@thedriman #dance #dancing #calmdown ♬ Calm Down – Rema
The girls shot a video of themselves on March 8, International Women’s Day.
They danced to “Calm Down” by Selena Gomez and Nigerian singer Rema in front of a tower block building on the outskirts of Tehran.
In the video they are wearing crop tops and no one is wearing a headscarf, both acts illegal under Iranian law.
“The clip quickly went viral, leading police to use CCTV footage and interrogate guards in the tower block to find them,” the Fox News report stated.
According to la Republica, the authorities eventually identified and arrested the girls. “They were detained for around 48 hours,” the newspaper said.
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