An actress in Ghana who posed for a naked photo with her son on his seventh birthday has been jailed for three months for posting ‘obscene material’ and ‘domestic violence’.
Single mother Rosemond Brown, better known as Akuapem Poloo, was sentenced to 90 days behind bars after posing for the picture June 2020 and posting it to social media, prompting many people like US pop star Cardi B to call the decision ‘harsh’.
The court in the Ghanaian capital Accra found the actress guilty of posting ‘obscene material’ and ‘domestic violence’.
The June 2020 incident took place on her son’s seventh birthday and the image was shared on social media.
She was charged with publishing obscene material, carrying out domestic violence that undermined another person’s privacy or integrity, and domestic violence that could harm someone’s dignity and self-worth.
The three charges will run consecutively for a total of 90 days.
During the hearing presided by Ms Christiana Cann, the judge expressed concerns over the sharp increase in child abuse and posting of obscene material in Ghana.
The judge also considered the defendant’s guilty plea, the fact she is a single parent, and her apparent remorse over the incident.
Ms Cann said: ‘The court is bothered with posting nude photos on social media. There is no doubt that apart from the canker of rape, defilement, physical assault, the publication of obscene materials is on the increase.
‘Did she ask for the permission of the child before posting the said picture? Did she respect the child’s right? No she did not.’
Ms Cann added: ‘A harsh sentence will serve as a deterrent.’
The defendant’s lawyer Andy Vortia announced that an appeal against the decision will be filed on April 19.
After the sentencing, US rap star Cardi B, 28, was alerted to the sentence by one of her fans, asking her what she thought about the sentencing of her ‘twinee’.
She said on Twitter to her 18 million followers: ‘I seen a lot of Americans do photoshoots like that. Even tho is not my style I don’t think she was going for sexual more going the natural idea.
‘I think jail is a bit harsh. Maybe social media probation or community service.’
In Ghana, section 280 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act 1960 states that: ‘whoever publishes or offers for sale any obscene book, writing, or representation, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.’
Section 281 of the act states that the the maker, producer, possessor, importer, exporter, advertiser, or even anyone who deals with or assists in the circulation either directly or indirectly of ‘obscene’ material is also guilty.
The act is used to punish those who post pictures deemed obscene online.
According to GhanaWeb, another case that saw the law applied involved a man who caught his wife in bed with another man, and filmed his discovery.