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Iran Is Arresting Models Who Pose Without Headscarves On Instagram (bbc.com) 375

An anonymous reader writes: The Tehran cybercrimes court said the country has arrested eight people working for online modeling agencies deemed to be "un-Islamic." The women models were arrested for starring in photos on Instagram and elsewhere without wearing their headscarves, which has been required in public since 1979. A total of 170 people have been identified by investigators for being involved in online modeling, including 59 photographers and make-up artists, 58 models and 51 fashion salon managers and designers. The court's prosecutor Javad Babaei announced the the threats on TV, claiming modeling agencies accounted for about 20 percent of posts on Instagram from Iran and that they had been "making and spreading immoral and un-Islamic culture and promiscuity." He added, "We carried out this plan in 2013 with Facebook, and now Instagram is the focus."
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Iran Is Arresting Models Who Pose Without Headscarves On Instagram

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  • Perhaps... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Type44Q ( 1233630 ) on Monday May 16, 2016 @05:05PM (#52124063)
    Perhaps some enterprising Persian can invent headscarves that look like... hair.
    • This actually happens in orthodox Jewish communities.
      Married women are forbidden of having their hair seen by strangers or something of that sort, so they all walk around wearing wigs.

  • snap-hijab (Score:5, Funny)

    by tombak ( 4436895 ) on Monday May 16, 2016 @05:14PM (#52124121)
    We should make an islamic instagram app that automatically superimposes hijab/niqab on all females in a given shot. Hek it just removes all females from pics. Also it additionally gives men long beards and a unibrow for extra piety points.
    H
  • Where's the beef? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Monday May 16, 2016 @05:30PM (#52124233) Journal

    Cops in the US will arrest women for going topless in public. What's the difference?

    • I know for a fact that it's specifically legal in my city when it's warm/hot out.
      Of course, nobody wants to go topless when it's freezing.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      The difference is that they're not hunting down people who are topless in pictures posted online and seek them out and arrest them.

      • by mysidia ( 191772 )

        The difference is that they're not hunting down people who are topless in pictures posted online and seek them out and arrest them.

        Perhaps someone should make a program that automatically photoshops pictures of random people to remove the scarf from the image, and make it look as if they're not wearing one.

        Then release the edited images as a clone feed on Instagram, so it will be impossible for the gov't to tell WHO was not wearing a scarf VS who was.

      • >The difference is that they're not hunting down people who are topless in pictures posted online and seek them out and arrest them.

        So the difference is not a difference. Be consistent. Everybody here would reject a patent when it just "ancient idea 'on a computer'" - well it's not a difference just because you don't punish people who do it on a computer but DO punish them in the streets.

    • by quenda ( 644621 )

      Cops in the US will arrest women for going topless in public. What's the difference?

      Degree. Yes, some parts of the US are a little bit like a Theocracy. But even your example is stretching it. Only a few states have laws against toplessness.
      Sure there a lot of fucked-up things in the US. Like those guys arrested for posting reviews of sex workers. What free speech?
      But you can't seriously claim that the abuses of power are in the same class as Iran, one of the more repressive countries in its region, let alone the world.

      (And yes, it was probably worse when it was a US client state.)

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Depends on the jurisdiction, and there is a movement to get equality for going topless everywhere (#freethenipple). It's a discrimination issue, women's breasts are fetishized while men's are not, so men don't need to cover theirs up.

  • It's all fun and games until women are literally subjugated.

    http://addictinginfo.org/2014/... [addictinginfo.org]

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Monday May 16, 2016 @06:01PM (#52124437)

    Third world problems.

  • by Trogre ( 513942 ) on Monday May 16, 2016 @06:07PM (#52124465) Homepage

    Women are property with no rights, gays should be stoned to death, people who leave the faith are executed by family members. This is what life is like in Iran since the Islamists took over. This is what Islamists want for the world.

    But for some reason you gullible westerners would rather get outraged at keeping boys out of girls toilets. You almost deserve it.

  • He added, "We carried out this plan in 1013 with Facebook"

    FTFY.
  • is being scrubbed out of existence and re-reasoned, as it would truly be scoffed at.

    I've looked for links to what I know so if I ever brought it up I had a citation, yet to no avail. My only source is a National Geographic two cartridge VHS set titled ISLAM that I checked out of the library many years ago. The title might be different I just remember that the word ISLAM was in large bold letters, and how I read it's title, (inside ISLAM?)...

    I won't post the story without any available backup source (the cle

  • "The territorial principle (also territoriality principle) is a principle of public international law under which a sovereign state can prosecute criminal offences that are committed within its borders." [wikipedia]

    I would say that those women committed the picture-crime on US-based servers - no against US law. But the policemen viewing the pictures from Iran committed the immoral thing of viewing uncovered "US-based" pictures in Iran - against Iran law. I say let's sue those indecent Iranian policeman!

  • I thought the Religious Police could no longer arrest people. Was that reversed?

    Perhaps some states could hire those guys to prevent people from entering the 'wrong' bathroom...

  • Here, women are totally free to control their hair



    ...just not their own reproductive organs. On that point, US conservatives and Islamic Courts are in total agreement.
    • by judoguy ( 534886 )

      Here, women are totally free to control their hair ...just not their own reproductive organs. On that point, US conservatives and Islamic Courts are in total agreement.

      What the fuck are you talking about? What woman in America can't "control" her reproductive organs? Oh, you mean abortion. I'm rabidly pro-choice, more than you I bet, but saying stupid stuff just clouds, not clarifies.

  • I know some Muslim women - including some from Iran - at my work. They choose to wear the Hijab here in the states, even though the US is their home. I've asked some of them about it and they've been open about their thoughts on the matter. One thing that surprised me to learn is that in Iran there is no hard set rule of "you must wear the hijab if you are at least X years old" or anything of the sort - aside from a loose guideline of 18. The Iranian I speak with most often (I share an office with her)
  • Mock the law, women in Iran and around the world should shave their heads in protest. If you're in a western country wear an armband so that people know why.

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