Heroine Elnaz Rekabi’s Family Villa Demolished in Alleged Act of Revenge

Paragraph: elnaz rekabi’s family villa has reportedly been demolished after she broke iran’s mandatory dress code at a contest in south korea. opposition to the headscarf has fuelled protests in iran, and elnaz has been hailed as a hero. a video showing the ruins of the house with sports medals on the ground started circulating this week, with her brother davood seen crying in the video. anti-government activists have denounced it as an act of revenge against ms rekabi.

Paragraph: women in iran are required to cover their hair with a headscarf, or hijab, and their arms and legs with loose clothing. female athletes must also abide by the dress code when they are officially representing iran in competitions abroad. elnaz rekabi’s villa was reportedly demolished after she broke the dress code at a contest in south korea. a large crowd greeted her at tehran airport after the competition, and the next day she met the iranian sports minister with the same clothes on.

Paragraph: the semi-official tasnim news agency has confirmed that the house has been demolished, but says this was due to the family not having a valid permit for its construction. however, a source has said that elnaz was detained in a room at iran’s national olympic committee building with plainclothes agents present until she met the minister. it has been suggested that authorities threatened to take her family’s property if she did not make a statement, which may explain why her apology was reportedly forced.


By Evey Lovelace

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