A group of young Iranians arrested for posting a homemade tribute to Pharrell Williams’ hit song ‘Happy’ have reportedly been released on bail.
Posted on YouTube, three men and three unveiled women are seen dancing to the song. The video’s producer is still thought to be in custody.
Describing the clip as ‘‘vulgar’‘ and ‘‘damaging public chastity’‘, Iranian police chief, Brigadier Hossein Saajedi-Nia, claimed authorities had responded rapidly to the content.
‘‘They were identified within two hours and they were all arrested within six hours. I can assure you that the police responded very quickly in identifying these individuals.We will definitely deal with these people,’‘ he said.
The latest incident follows the recent publication of photos online by several Iranian women not wearing the veil.
The issue over whether a woman should wear a headscarf in public has gained ground since the election of moderate President Hassan Rohani last year. The Iranian leader has called for more tolerance, a move condemned by conservatives.
Under Iran’s strict religious laws, women must cover their hair and wear loose-fitting clothing meant to preserve their modesty.