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Iran. Teenage girls arrested for not wearing headscarves at skateboarding event

Several teenage girls were arrested by Iranian police for not wearing headscarves during a skateboarding day in the southern city of Shiraz, along with some of the event’s organizers, state media reported on Friday, as the reported AFP.

A number of girls “removed their hijabs at the end of the sporting event without respecting religious considerations and legal norms”, official IRNA news agency said, citing Shiraz police chief Faraj Shojaee. .

A video purporting to show Tuesday’s “Go Skateboarding Day” event has gone viral in Iran on social media.

“With the coordination of justice, a number of perpetrators and people linked to this rally were identified and arrested on Thursday,” he said.

“It is prohibited to organize any mixed sporting or non-sporting gathering without respecting religious and legal standards (…) and the organizers will be treated according to the law,” added Shojaee.

Shiraz Governor Lotfollah Sheybani said the event was “organized with the intention of breaking social, religious and national rules and norms”, IRNA reported.

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According to Islamic law in force in Iran since its 1979 revolution, women must wear a hijab that covers the head and neck while concealing the hair. But many have pushed the envelope over the past two decades by allowing their headgear to slide down and reveal more hair, especially in Tehran and other major cities.

Iranian media reported on Sunday that police arrested 120 people for alleged “criminal acts” including drinking alcohol, mixed dancing and uncovering the hijab at a party in the country’s northern forest.

According to Iranian law, only non-Muslim citizens are allowed to consume alcohol for religious purposes, while dancing with the opposite sex is prohibited.

(with agency contributions)

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