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Iranian actress is branded ‘immoral’ by state media and sparks public outcry after she posts photographs of herself without a hijab on Facebook

  • Sadaf Taherian posted images on social media without Islamic headdress
  • She is protesting Iranian laws requiring women to wear hijabs in public
  • Tehran branded her ‘immoral’ and banned her from acting and she also faced a furious backlash on social media
  • She does not regret move, saying: ‘I want to live way that makes me happy’


An Iranian actress has sparked outrage in her home country after publishing pictures of herself not wearing the compulsory Islamic headdress.

Sadaf Taherian posted images on her Facebook and Instagram accounts showing her without a hijab in protest at strict Iranian laws requiring women to wear them in public.

The move has provoked a furious reaction from Iran’s ministry of culture which branded her ‘immoral’ in state media and banned her from acting.

Iranian officials have even Photoshopped the hijab back onto her pictures, according to reports.


Taherian says she has also faced abuse from the public and been forced into exile in Dubai, but insists she does not regret her decision.

Speaking to Masih Alinejad on Tablet, a television show on the Voice of America Persian language channel, she said: ‘I was nervous and worried about how people would react to my photos.

‘I did not expect this from the people of Iran, from my own culture – to hear so many insults.

‘I can only feel sorry for their reaction and I have nothing else to say. I want to live in a place and live the way that makes me happy.’

Teharian also lifted the lid on the sexual harassment she faced while



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