Iranian couple break the law by hugging people in the street since men and women are banned from mixing from the age of 7

Some people from the Iranian city of Karaj have been seen kissing in public. Twitter/@AlinejadMasih

New Delhi: Gender mixing and displays of public affection are severely restricted by Iran’s Islamic laws. Hardliners in Iran are seeing public displays of affection due to the allegedly corrupt influence of Western culture, which they say threatens morality in this conservative Islamic society. Mixing the sexes in public is prohibited by the strict rules of the Islamic Republic. It is not only illegal, but it is also unwelcome in society.

But some people are now rising above it all and breaking the old rules. In a viral video, some people from the Iranian city of Karaj were seen hugging, shaking hands and greeting each other in public.

The video was shared by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist, on Twitter. She said: “A woman sent this video from Karaj, Iran. In the Islamic Republic, girls and boys are separated from the age of 7. Men and women are prohibited from kissing, shaking hands and attending mixed parties. This couple is breaking the law just by hugging.

In another video, two bareheaded women standing in front of a sign reading “Hugs to those in grief” were seen kissing passers-by on a street in Ekbatan.

Iran has been rocked by protests since the death of 22-year-old Amini on September 16, three days after he was arrested by vice squads in Tehran for allegedly breaking the country’s strict dress code for women.

Street violence has claimed dozens of lives, mostly among protesters. but also among the security forces, and hundreds of demonstrators were arrested.

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