Iran regime suspends 7 university students for dancingPublished by International Liberty Association on June 21, 2016
The disciplinary committee of Sistan and Baluchistan University, south-east Iran, last week suspended seven of its students for several semesters for dancing. Based on the committee’s decision, which is its first instance of suspending students over dancing, five students were suspended for two semesters and two others were suspended one semester.
All universities in Iran have an on campus watchdog whose members are approved by officials of the mullahs’ regime to ensure that the regime’s reactionary regulations are not violated.
The disciplinary committee passed its decision after a video emerged of the seven students dancing during a cultural festival in Sistan and Baluchistan University. One of the students, who has been issued a warrant of suspension for two semesters, stated: “I did not do anything special and I will protest against the committee’s decision.”
He said he hopes that “the University officials do not approve or finalize such an injustice.”
He went on to explain, “Many students expressed their feelings through dancing … Victimizing seven people for this is really an act of oppression”.
The students who are the first to be given such a punishment at the university wonder why they university officials would make such a simple thing into such a big problem. No harm was done and the meeting didn’t mix men and women. The student went on to state that a “two semester suspension for five minutes of simple joy is really cruel and unjust.”
Alireza Bandani, President of the Sistan and Baluchistan University, has not responded to any comments and Ali Awsat Hashemi, the fundamentalist regime’s Governor of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, has also not responded to any questions or concerns related to this case.