Arrested for expressing love? Yes! An Iranian couple was arrested after their proposal in a mall went viral. The Iranian man, who had supposedly wanted to give his lady love the most romantic of proposals took them to an ugly turn altogether after his well-planned romantic proposal with rose petals with colourful balloons let, but, to their arrest. While onlookers cheered as they looked on, many saw the proposal as going against the Islamic traditions calling the act ‘shameful’ and ‘immoral’.
Following their arrest, Mostafa Norouzi, deputy police chief in Arak, told the Shahrvand Daily 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. Norouzi added that the pair's "offence is very clear and there is no need for an explanation" on the reason of the arrest.
📹 Man publicly proposes to woman at shopping mall in Arak, central #Iran— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) March 8, 2019
Both arrested for "marriage proposal in contradiction to islamic rituals... based on decadent Western culture," then released on bail pic.twitter.com/eKdlNX9Bte
Twitter is, however, infuriated with the stringent imposition on the new couple. The video which was shared by Sobhan Hassanvand has had over 3 million views with people expressing their anger over their arrest. One user, who congratulated the new couple wrote, ‘’Iranian fanatics turn a beautiful moment into something ugly. Shame on Iran. Congratulations to the lovely couple’’ while one user clearly shocked with the reason of the arrest wrote, ‘’Arrested for what’’.
Twittersphere in fact, has poured in thousands of supports the duo, who was later, as reported, released on bail.