Iranian police have arrested 300 people who attended a mixed-gender party in a wedding venue as the regime cracks down further on gender segregation.
The deputy police chief of Semnan province, Ali Mirahmadi, said the arrest happened while the officers on patrol noticed an “unrestrained night party” in a hall located on the outskirts of Shahrood city.
Iran’s Sharia law forbids men and women who are not related from mingling together, and it is forbidden to dance with the opposite gender. Also, both sexes are prohibited from having out-of-wedlock relations. Mirahmadi added that the venue had been sealed due to trade violations.
There has been an increase in the number of reports about young people being detained for participating in "mixed parties" and "refusal to wear hijab" across Iran as morality police step up actions across the board.
Authorities have increased their surveillance of businesses and recreational venues, closing down cafes, restaurants and halls across the country for not complying with the government's mandatory hijab law. .
The hijab law has raised anger since the death in custody of Mahsa Amini in September 2022, arrested for not wearing her headscarf properly. Following the incident, a nationwide uprising was sparked, and demands went beyond the hijab and included protests over the regime's corruption, mismanagement, and oppression.