Recently, An Iranian actress, Sadaf Taherian , was banned from acting and forced into exile in Dubai after she committed what the government termed an “immoral” act – not wearing the traditional head scarf ‘hijab’ in images posted on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

It all started back in May 2014, when Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and writer, posted pictures of herself without the head scarf in various locations around Iran. Making a bold statement such as this, she hoped to bring forward notions of personal liberty and invited Iranian women to share their experiences where they have defied such constructed-moralities. The response that she received was immense; soon, women from all over Iran started sending her their pictures where they had discarded the head scarf . Alinejad, overwhelmed by the response, created a Facebook page, My Stealthy Freedom, where she posted the pictures she received.