A video circulating on social media has led to the closure of three upscale restaurants in Tehran, a local court announced. The video shows men and women in a restaurant dancing in violation of the Islamic Republic law that bans people from dancing in public.
The managers of the three restaurants are behind bars for allowing their customers to hold a mixed-gender party.
The prosecutor has charged the managers with preparing an environment for men and women to mix and creating an “atmosphere against moral and religious principles.”
However, the video circulated on social media shows that all women dancing in the restaurant were respecting the Islamic Republic dress code and wore headscarves. At the same time, a number of them even had full hijab and covered in “chador.”
The chador is a large piece of loose cloth wrapped around the head and upper body to toe, leaving only the face exposed.
The sealed-off restaurants, Divan, Ferdowsi, and Shabestan, are among the best-known eateries in the Iranian capital city.
Closing down restaurants for having allowed customers to dance is not unprecedented in the clergy-dominated Iran.
As recently as January 5, Boustan Gate in the capital city of the oil-rich province of Khuzestan was sealed off for hosting a party during the funeral procession of the fallen Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Qods Force, Qassem Soleimani.
General Soleimani was killed in a targeted U.S. drone strike on January 3, 2020, outside Baghdad international airport.