Video footage from a shopping mall in the Iranian city of Arak, Tehran went viral recently because it shows a man romantically proposing to the love of his life. In the clip, the man offers the woman a ring and asks her to marry him. She then says “yes,” and he puts the piece of jewelry onto her finger. Because people were at the mall to witness the couple express their undying love for each other, they clap and cheer as the two lovers embrace. However, things took a dire turn once the video went viral.
The government of Iran has cracked down on the couple and arrested them because they broke Islamic doctrine in the marriage proposal. Because the marriage proposal happened in public, it was considered offensive to Islam and therefore unacceptable.
The authorities in power in Iran condemned the romantic marriage proposal as going against the values of Islam that the country uses as its doctrine.
The government tracked down the couple and arrested them because they violated the country’s laws on public decency. They have since posted bail and are out of jail awaiting their trial.
Although a clip like this might seem common in the United States and most other parts of the world, in Iran expressing love in public like this is a punishable crime.
The clip is very romantic. The man stands within a circle of flower petals that are shaped like a heart as he turns to his girlfriend and expressing his undying devotion to her.
Meanwhile, the Iranian woman looked at her boyfriend in awe and surprise as he delivers his promise to love her forever. She replies simply with “yes,” and he then puts the ring on her finger and the two embrace. People watching are just as excited as the couple, and they cheer for them. But the video only worked against the favor of the couple after the government found it and claimed it went against the code of Islam.
During an interview with Shahrvand Daily, the deputy police chief Mostafa Norouzi declared that the young couple’s display of love as an “offense is very clear and there is no need for explanation.”
He added that the couple had no right “to do whatever is common in other places of the world and disregard mores, culture and religion.”
Iran follows strict Islamic rules concerning their men and women and the way they conduct their relations in public. For example, it is forbidden for men and women to exhibit affection in public because Iran believes this is an influence from America and the West.
The law also prevents people from kissing or dancing in public. In the video, the newly engaged couple embrace, which was part of the reason that the government found it so offensive.
Iranian citizens have been arrested for similar things before. In 2018, teenager Maedeh Hojabri posted a video of herself dancing to pop and rap music on social media, causing a controversy. The government arrested her and women took to the streets in protest to film themselves dancing in public.
The people of Iran are not happy with these strict laws governing their liberty.
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