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Women in Iran have been required to cover their hair in public since 1979, and the idea behind these arrests is to stop the spread of “threats to morality and the foundation of family” that social media poses, according to Iranian court prosecutor Javad Babaei.

According to Babaei, about 20 percent of Instagram posts from Iran are made by modeling agencies—and that they were “making and spreading immoral and un-Islamic culture and promiscuity.”

Investigators found 170 people involved in online modeling, and 29 of those were warned that they were subject to criminal investigation, according to Babaei. 

"The persons who reformed their behavior after receiving a notice did not face any judicial action, and eight out of the 29 have been arrested," said Babaei. Those identified during the Iranian investigations included 59 photographers and makeup artists, 58 models, and 51 salon managers, as well as designers.

Apparently the investigators, who belong to the Iranian Center for Surveying and Combating Organized Cyber Crimes, also scoured thousands of Facebook photos in 2013 and met with success. 

Tourists are protesting Iran’s strict clothing laws, and so are Iranian women. (Even female tourists are required to cover their hair when visiting the country.)

In the year 2014 alone, around 3.6 million women in Iran were either warned, fined or arrested by the so-called morality police for inappropriate dress, according to Esmail Ahmadi-Maghaddam, head of Iran’s National Security Forces.

So what will happen to those arrested?

Iran’s government hasn’t said—but with protests growing amid investigations and arrests, it’s worth watching the situation develop.

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Carlos Gamino


Iran Jails Models Over Instagram Photos - Attorney Carlos A. Gamino
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Eight women working as models in Iran have been arrested for not wearing headscarves and posting photos of their uncovered hair on Instagram and other social media sites.
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Iran Jails Models Over Instagram Photos

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