Footloose in Iran

On July 8, an Iranian youth Maedeh Hojabri was arrested for posting a video of herself dancing on Instagram. The 18-year-old was arrested by the police in the conservative Islamic country, prompting an outburst of anger from all sections of the society. Under the hashtag ‘DancingIsNotaCrime’, countless people have taken to posting videos of them dancing on social media, in protest against the arrest. The participants included the human rights organisation Amnesty International. One Twitter user, Ashraf Sherjan, posted a video of Iranian women dancing on the streets, purportedly against the treatment meted out to Hojabri. Stepping up ‘2’ the revolution, indeed.