WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A viral clip of a public marriage proposal in a shopping mall in Tehran angered Iranian authorities who considered it offensive to the Islamic teachings.
- Spectators were seen in the footage as the woman said ‘yes’ to the proposal, then the couple hugged afterward.
- The couple was arrested after the video was posted but later released on bail.
Video footage of an Iranian couple who were arrested for staging a public marriage proposal at a shopping mall in Tehran was uploaded online and has since gone viral.
At a shopping mall in Arak, Tehran, Iran, video clips showed the unnamed man standing inside a ring of flower petals and the unnamed woman standing next to red and white balloons that were laid on the floor. As the woman happily says ‘yes’ to the marriage proposal, the man slips the ring onto her finger. The blissful couple hugged each other as spectators cheered and clapped.
📹 Man publicly proposes to woman at shopping mall in Arak, central #Iran
Both arrested for “marriage proposal in contradiction to islamic rituals… based on decadent Western culture,” then released on bail pic.twitter.com/eKdlNX9Bte
— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) March 8, 2019
Soon after the video was posted on social media, the couple was arrested by police for violating the country’s strict Islamic code.
“The young couple’s offense is very clear and there is no need for an explanation,” Arak deputy police chief Mostafa Norouzi told the Shahrvand Daily.
Furthermore, Norouzi said that for the couple to “do whatever is common in other places of the world and disregard mores, culture and religion,” is totally unacceptable.
The public marriage proposal was condemned by Iranian authorities because it broke laws on public decency. The Islamic laws that govern Iran forbid men and women from showing public displays of attention including kissing, and dancing in public, because the country considers these as an influence of worldly and corrupt Western values.
The couple had since been released on bail.
This is not the first time Iran has arrested citizens for committing acts deemed offensive in Islam.
Teenager Maedeh Hojabri was arrested after posting a video of herself dancing to western and Iranian pop music in 2018. Women took to the streets dancing in public to protest her arrest.
Source: Daily Mail