An Iranian actress has stripped off her hijab to half naked to protest against the government's totalitarian clothing laws for women.
Elnaaz Norouzi, who plays in Netflix drama Sacred Games, stood up to the country's morality police and posted a video in support of Iranian women's anti-hijab protest.
"I am not promoting nudity, I am promoting freedom of choice!" the 30-year-old said in the now-deleted post on Instagram.
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In the video, Elnaaz first shows the required clothing standard – an Islamic robe covering up to her ankles and a headscarf showing only her eyes.
She removes the clothes layer by layer and under the robe, she wears a long tunic, a denim shirt, jeans.
At the end of the video, the actress is left with wearing only her underwear while covering her breasts with her hands.
Sending a strong message on social media, she said: "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!"
Elnaaz explained that the issue has been going on for 40 years and it further infuriated Iranian women following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
The young woman died last month after being detained by the morality police.
Elnaaz revealed to India Today that she was once stopped by morality police years ago.
She said: "I am sad and furious about the anti-hijab protest because I myself was stopped by morality police couple of years back when I was in Tehran.
"I was taken away for 're-education', as they called it, where Mahsa was taken (for re-education), where she must have been beaten."
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