Elnaaz Norouzi strips in protest against Iran’s morality police, says, ‘not promoting nudity but freedom of choice’

Iranian born actress Elnaaz Norouzi has shared a video on Instagram, extending support to the massive protest led by women against Iran‘s morality police. The actress striped down several layers of clothing and posed semi-nude in a bid to promote ‘freedom of choice’.

“Every Woman, anywhere in the world, regardless of where she is from, should have the right to wear whatever she desires and when or wherever she desires to wear it. No man nor any other woman has the right to judge her or ask her to dress otherwise. Everyone has different views and beliefs and they have to be respected. Democracy means the power to decide… Every Woman should have the power to decide over her own body! I am not promoting nudity, I am promoting freedom of choice!” Elnaaz had captioned the video.

Previously, Elnaaz had opened up about her brush with the morality police in Tehran. “What happened to Mahsa could have happened to Elnaaz. A few years back I was in Iran and it was my last day in Tehran. I was out on the road with my cousin when a woman suddenly came in front of me, and she just asked me ‘what is this?’. I really didn’t know what she was talking about and she repeated ‘what is this?’. I was then taken by the morality police, Gasht-e Ershad, because my pants (pant legs) weren’t wide enough. They were tight, so you could see my ankle. Even though my manto, which is that thing you have to wear to cover your bum and cover everything, was long enough to cover my ankle, my pants were not wide. I was taken in a van to the ‘re-education center’, where they took Mahsa as well, until someone came and picked me up with the right clothing. Now my cousin was freaking out, my family was freaking out. When I reached there, they took my passport and they took my phone… The way they scare you, the things they do with you, this is not the way anyone should live in Iran.”

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