An Iranian couple have been arrested after a marriage proposal in public, on Friday, in Arak
The police say the pair offended Islamic mores on public decency but were later released on bail.
Mostafa Norouzi, deputy police chief in Arak, told the Shahrvand daily that it is unacceptable for the young “to do whatever is common in other places of the world and disregard mores, culture and religion” in Iran.
The pair’s “offense is very clear and there is no need for explanation” about the reason for their arrest, Norouzi added.
Also, Fars news agency called the public proposal “shameful” and claimed it could promote “immorality.” The agency demanded “harsh” punishment to stop such displays from being repeated by others.
Iranian hard-liners perceive public displays of affection as result of allegedly corrupt influence of Western culture that threatens morals in this conservative Islamic society. The Islamic Republic’s strict rules forbid gender mixing in public.