This stunning Iranian actress caused an outrage in her home country of Iran when she posted photos of herself without a hijab on Facebook and Instagram.
Sadaf Taherian deliberately defied the Middle Eastern country’s Islamic law that requires women to wear the headdress by putting the photos on social media to protest the strict law, the Daily Mail reports.
As you would expect, Iran’s ministry of culture reacted furiously, calling the actress ‘immoral’ on state TV. The government has supposedly banned her from acting, and — get this — even photoshopped a hijab onto her photos.
In an interview with Tablet, a TV programme on the Voice of America Persian language channel, Taherian said she has been abused online:
“I was nervous and worried about how people would react to my photos.
I did not expect this from the people of Iran, from my own culture – to hear so many insults.
I can only feel sorry for their reaction and I have nothing else to say. I want to live in a place and live the way that makes me happy.”
Interestingly, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has spoken out about the strict laws that have been in place since 1979, actually defending women who don’t comply and previously stating “many women in our society who do not respect our hijab laws are virtuous.”
How does what Taherian did and how she’s being treated make you feel?