TEHRAN (Web Desk) – Over 132 men and women, some of them ‘bisexuals’, have been arrested in the latest crackdown in Iran’s capital Tehran against partygoers accused of breaking Islamic rules.
On Thursday night, police in Tehran took more than 70 drunk men and women in custody from a restaurant in Farahzad on the capital’s northwestern outskirts, the Mizan Online reported.
“A number of bisexuals were identified among those arrested,” it said.
In addition, “62 men and women were arrested at another party in Bandar Abbas,” a southern port city, Mizan said without giving a date.
Drinking alcohol and dancing with the opposite sex is forbidden in the Islamic republic.
Last week, Iran arrested eight people accused of involvement in making “obscene” music videos.
It came days after more than 30 students partying at a graduation ceremony in northern Iran were arrested and given 99 lashes each for violating the country’s morality code.
Last month, Tehran police arrested eight fashion models in a crackdown on women posing for photos online without a headscarf.
Iran said the women were working in “un-Islamic” online modelling networks, particularly on the photosharing app Instagram.
The crackdown comes despite moderate President Hassan Rouhani’s effort to allow greater social and cultural freedom.
Tehran police chief announced in April the recruitment of 7,000 plainclothes police in the capital to fight against “immorality”.
The officers are responsible for monitoring and reporting “noise, harassment of women and women’s lack of Islamic veil inside cars.