These Iranian females are eluding a new law against riding bicycles

Women in Iran a eluding a new religion edict that forbids them from cycling, and posting about it on social media .
Image: Instagram/ masih alinejad

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa on girls riding bicycles Monday, but that hasn’t stopped a bunch of defiant girls from doing it anyway.

The religion proclamation forbids girls from cycling because it’s viewed as a practice that “exposes society to corruption” and “contravenes women’s chastity, ” according to The Independent .

However, a video proving a mother and daughter cycling freely down the road is just the latest piece of social media demonstrating that many females are not interested in heeding the new rule.

Appearing on the Facebook page of a group called My Stealthy Freedom, the video presents a woman explaining that when they heard about the fatwa, they “immediately rented two bicycles to say we’re not giving up cycling.”

She added, “It’s our absolute right and we’re not going to give up.”

The Facebook page, which promotes women’s rights, has been collecting a bunch of images of similarly defiant women, each with another story to tell.

:. #___ #IranianWomenLoveCycling

A photo posted by Masih Alinejad (@ masih.alinejad) on Sep 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm PDT

Since May 2016, signs have appeared proscribing girls from cycling in certain areas and, according to The Independent , police officers has already been was of the view that girls transgressing the bike-riding regulations would be prosecuted.

One such rule-breaker said on social media, “In order to be able to lead an ordinary life, I, as a woman, have to engage in a daily ‘war.’ Am I a criminal because I love life and I love cycling? “

#_ #_ #iranianwomenlovecycling

A photo posted by @sima_heydarzadeh on Sep 19, 2016 at 8: 17 am PDT

The hashtag #IranianWomenLoveCycling has been created as a platform for women to share their stories of cycling, and reasons why they won’t be stopping anytime soon.

.!! . .!! #___ #IranianWomenLoveCycling

A photo posted by Masih Alinejad (@ masih.alinejad) on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm PDT

:. #___ #IranianWomenLoveCycling #IranianWomenOnTheBike

A photo posted by Masih Alinejad (@ masih.alinejad) on Sep 19, 2016 at 7:41 am PDT

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