(Paris) Concerns grew on Tuesday over the situation of five young Iranian women who were filmed dancing without veils at a global hit, after they were arrested and forced to confess.
In the video, five young women dance to the song “Crop Tops” baring their stomachs. calm downNigerian singer Rema’s sad and emotional Afrobeats song became a global hit after her recorded duet with American star Selena Gomez.
“To all the beautiful women fighting for a better world, you are an inspiration, I sing for you, I dream with you,” Rema said while retweeting a video of the young women dancing.
The video, shot in Ekbatan, a residential area in Tehran, went viral on TikTok and other social media last week on International Women’s Day, March 8.
Egpadan district, home to middle-class young executives and families, has been staging a series of anti-government protests for a month.
Telegram and Twitter accounts with the hashtags “Shahrak Egbatan” that first posted the video reported that Iranian authorities were examining CCTV footage to identify the young women.
On Tuesday, the accounts said the young women were arrested, held for two days and forced to record a video expressing their grief.
A video has gone viral on social media in which four women, wearing headscarves, come one by one to express their regret for dancing in the video.
AFP was unable to verify the authenticity or the circumstances under which this latest video was filmed.
After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iranian law required all women to wear head and neck veils and to cover their hair.
Iran has been rocked by protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahza Amini on September 16.
This young Kurd was arrested by the morality police for violating the dress code for women.
After the protests began, more women were seen bare-handed in public or removed their veils during demonstrations.
But few have been prosecuted by the judicial commission, which nevertheless announced on January 10 that it intends to reintroduce a law that imposes harsher penalties on people who do not respect the obligation to wear the veil.
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