An Iranian couple were arrested after the man proposed to the woman in a shopping centre in the northern city of Arak.
A video of the public proposal was shared on social media and showed them standing in a ring of rose petals and hugging after the woman says yes. The crowd cheered and celebrated with them.
📹 Man publicly proposes to woman at shopping mall in Arak, central #Iran
Both arrested for “marriage proposal in contradiction to islamic rituals… based on decadent Western culture,” then released on bail pic.twitter.com/eKdlNX9Bte
— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) March 8, 2019
BBC reported that soon after, the pair were arrested because they had “contravened Islamic principles”. Men and women mixing together and public displays of affection are severely restricted under Iran’s laws.
Mahmoud Khalaji, the deputy police commander of Markazi province, told Iran’s Fars news agency that the couple had been taken into custody due to the “public’s demand”. He said they were detained for “outraging public decency, which is an influence of the degenerate Western culture”.
Khalaji added that they had been released on bail.