#BBCTrending: Dancing woman flouts rules on Tehran Metro

  • 27 November 2014
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The latest video posted on a popular Iranian protest page shows a woman dancing wildly on the Tehran Metro.

Nearly 900,000 people have watched the video on My Stealthy Freedom, a page dedicated to pictures and videos of women flouting Iran's female dress code. As we've noted before, dress in Iran is a highly political issue, with women required to wear the hijab, or headscarf, in public places. Enforcement of the rule varies across the country however.

Perhaps more controversial than the scarf however, is the dancing. Dancing in public in Iran is outlawed - a group of young people who filmed themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams's song Happy were arrested earlier this year.

As the latest video begins, a hijab is hanging loosely on top of the dancer's head. But as she gyrates wildly to Little Mix's Salute (sample lyrics: "Ladies all across the world / Listen up, we're looking for recruits / If you're with me, let me see your hands / Stand up and salute") she seems to show scant regard for where her scarf - or her limbs - end up.

BBC Monitoring says the video seems authentic. One of the women in the carriage is heard saying rather critically "Now this is a new fashion." That's at odds with the comments on Facebook, many of which are largely positive, even if somewhat down on the woman's moves.

"It is not about how well she dances, the fact that she has broken a taboo is commendable," commented one user.

Reporting by Mike Wendling

Produced by Ravin Sampat

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