Sharia Law in Iran is an all consuming worry for its citizens. Can you imagine worrying about everything you do down to the hair showing underneath your hijab? It’s random and it’s severe…Sharia Law is a nightmare! The funny thing is that they made such a huge deal of this infraction and blamed an Reality Star Kim Kardashian for it. Unreal!
The Iranian regime arrested eight people working in online modeling for posts on Instagram regarded as “un-Islamic” by the state.
Iran has imposed strict modesty laws since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and seeks to impose these online. The female models posed without wearing a hijab.
The prosecutor of the cybercrimes court Javad Babaei is leading an investigation against “threats to morality and the foundation of family” posed by social media. He said modelling agencies account for 20 percent of Instagram posts from Iran and are “making and spreading immoral and un-Islamic culture and promiscuity.”
“Sterilising popular cyberspaces is on our agenda,” spokesman of the Iranian Centre for Surveying and Combating Organised Cyber Crimes Mostafa Alizadeh said. “We carried out this plan in 2013 with Facebook, and now Instagram is the focus.”
In the operation, called Spider 2, 170 people were identified as involved in online modelling, including 59 photographers and make-up artists, 58 models and 51 fashion salon managers and designers.
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Alizadeh blamed foreign powers for the Instagram modeling pages. “They are targeting young people and women,” he said. “Foreigners are behind it because it is targeting families. These schemes originate from around the Persian Gulf and England. When you draw the operational graph, you will see that it is a foreign operation.”
The aim of Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom, he said, is to make fashion modeling native to Iran, and Kim Kardashian is implementing his scheme for him. “Ms. Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘make this native,’” Alizadeh said. “There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously.”
Of these, 29 were warned of the criminal investigation.
“The persons who reformed their behaviour after receiving a notice did not face any judicial action, and eight out of the 29 have been arrested,” Babaei said.
Elham Arab, one of those arrested, was forced to publicly criticize her actions.
“I think all humans are interested in admiring beauty and becoming famous,” she told a public court hearing. “But they must first consider at what cost and what they will lose in return. For an Iranian film star they may not lose much but for a model she will certainly lose her hijab and honour.”
The crackdown reportedly began in January, when seven of Iran’s top models were arrested.
The Telegraph named those arrested as Melikaa Zamani, Niloofar Behboudi, Donya Moghadam, Dana Nik, Shabnam Molavi, Elnaz Golrokh and Hamid Fadaei.
Hamid Fadaei and Elnaz Golrokh are married and reportedly fled the country.
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