|One of the immoral pictures from Sadaf Taherian's Instagram (left) vs an pre-controversy photo (right).|
Actress Sadaf Taherian learned this the hard way a couple of weeks ago. She decided to post some pictures of herself not wearing a hijab onto her Facebook and Instagram accounts. In several photos she is wearing workout clothes or midriff showing shirts - but this wasn't what ticked off the Iranian government.
Iran’s regime has joined the campaign against a leading actress who released photographs of herself without a veil, questioning the woman's mental balance and calling her an "offender".This prompted another Iranian actress, Chakame Chamanmah, to post this veiless picture in support of Sadaf (among others). Now it is believed that Chakame has also fled Iran.
Sadaf Taherian was forced to flee to the United Arab Emirates last week after being criticised for publishing pictures on social media showing her without the traditional Muslim head covering, or hijab.
The ministry of culture and lslamic guidance in Tehran announced that neither woman would be allowed to act and both should repent. “As far as this ministry is concerned, these two individuals are no longer considered to be artists any more and do not have any right to act,” said Hossein Noushabadi, a spokesman.Islamic guidance indeed. This is what happens when you live in a theocracy. The article goes on to say that both women would certainly be prosecuted legally in some fashion should they return to Iran.
“Both of them have to apologise to the Iranian people and publicly announce that the reason behind publishing their photos on social media is that they suffer from lack of esteem and have psychological and personal complexes.”
In a recent interview with IranWire, Sadaf expressed her dismay with Iranian law and suppression of human rights.
I wish they had more respect for a woman’s choice. Where in the world do you get famous by taking off your headscarf? If you are talking about our own country Iran, then you know that the current system trembles when it sees a few strands of a woman’s hair — and prevents you from working in cinema and achieving fame. Besides, if taking off your headscarf gets you noticed, then why does it not happen to other women who publish similar pictures on their pages?Furthermore:
Posting photographs is one the simplest things you can do online and I give nobody the right to react this way and then expect me to remain silent. Besides me, there are many women, including actresses, who post such pictures. Unfortunately, Iranian law does not permit them to live the way they want to live. I did this in another country, where I have freedom and the right to choose. I pity people who play the role of the Morality Patrol for the Ministry of Guidance. Each person is responsible for her own life. Those who frighten me about Judgment Day better think about themselves and ask God’s forgiveness for the accusations and the libelous comments they make.And:
Each person has a different way of thinking. You cannot compare them with each other. I want to live in the way I like. As a human being, I want to have my basic rights, such as freedom of expression and the freedom to wear what I want. I want to be free to decide for myself.The interview is well worth the read.