- An Iranian couple were recently arrested by the police after their public proposal video went viral on the internet
- According to the police, the proposal was unacceptable and offended Islamic mores on public decency
- The couple was however, later released on bail despite some agencies calling for harsh punishment
While many people find the idea of a public wedding proposal romantic, this Iranian couple appeared to have paid the price for expressing their love publicly. The yet-to-be identified couple were arrested after their public proposal video went viral.
According to the police, the pair offended Islamic mores on public decency. The viral video shows the young man standing in a heart-shaped ring of flower petals next to colourful balloons in a shopping mall in the central Iranian city of Arak.
The young man then proposes, and after the young woman says “yes”, he slips a ring on her finger to cheers from a crowd of onlookers. Well, not so many people were pleased about this and it resulted in their arrest.
Speaking with the Shahrvand daily, the deputy police chief in Arak, Mostafa Norouzi stated that it is unacceptable for the young “to do whatever is common in other places of the world and disregard mores, culture and religion” in Iran.
When asked about the reason for their arrests, he stated that the pair's “offence is very clear and there is no need for explanation”
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Head of the Tehran Bar Association, Isa Amini, criticized the arrest and said he could not understand what the grounds were for such an action since the couple did not commit any wrongdoing.
However, Fars news agency called the public proposal “shameful”, claiming it could promote “immorality”. The agency demanded “harsh” punishment to stop such displays from being repeated by others.
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Iranian hardliners perceive public displays of affection as result of allegedly corrupt influence of western culture that threatens morals in this conservative Islamic society. The Islamic Republic’s strict rules forbid gender mixing in public.
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