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Iranian women arrested after video shows them riding motorcycle

Published: 16 January 2017

Two Iranian women have been arrested for breaking “revolutionary norms and values” after a video posted online showed them riding a motorcycle.

While it is not illegal for women to ride motorcycles in Iran, it can be punished as a violation of modesty laws, as is the case with the two women shown in the video.

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In the video the two women - wearing headscarves and loose-fitting clothing - can be seen riding down a road followed closely by a group of male motorcyclists shouting and whistling.

When the two women dismount the motorcycle they are surrounded by men filming and taking pictures.

Speaking to The Independent, Masih Alinejad, founder of the My Stealthy Freedom rights campaign for Iranian women, said: “The reality in Iran is such that in the minds of many people, riding a motorcycle still remains a sport exclusively geared for men.”

“The two girls on a motorcycle are being harassed for having attempted to venture into what seems to be a man’s domain in Iran. It is mind-boggling that instead of arresting men who harass women, the police in Iran choose to go after these two girls.”​

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