One of Ghana’s top legal practitioner, Lawyer Maurice Ampaw has revealed that controversial actress cum entrepreneur, Akuapem Poloo could spend up to 3 years in jail or pay a fine for indecent exposure.
Akuapem Poloo came under heavy criticism for posting a nude photo of herself and her son to mark the child’s 7th birthday.
Even though the mother of one has deleted the photos from the internet, many Ghanaians say the deletion of the photo should not be the end of the matter.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with GhanaWeb, on July 1, 2020, the outspoken lawyer said Akuapem Poloo’s conduct is against the Child’s protection law as well as a criminal offence.
“The punishment is that when they are found liable, they can be sentenced to 2-3 years, and they can also be fined. They are all criminal offences.”
He explained that even though the actress has her body and is entitled to do whatever she wants to do with it, she breached the law when she decided to post her nudity on social media for public consumption.
“We all have rights and these rights that we have are regulated by law. You have your body, have your privacy with your body and you think you have the right to do whatever you want to do with your body.
“So Akuapem Poloo thought that it is her body, that it is her child so therefore if she decided to go nude before the child, to her it is exercising her rights and it is her privacy. But she has forgotten, that same right is subject to the laws of the land.
“And the laws of the land under section 108 of the Criminal offences Act 29 clearly state that if you go nude, or create a situation whereby you decide to spoil the minds of others, then you will be held responsible. So nudity is prohibited by the laws of the land”. Lawyer Ampaw explained.
The part time marriage counselor furthered that posting a nude photo which contains obscenity and poses as a form of sexual abuse is a criminal offence and the perpetrator could be jailed.
“There’s a law that talks about obscenity, that if you publish anything that has the potential of debasing, corrupting, defiling and spoiling the mind of observers and readers. The Children Act protects children against all things including materials that pollute the minds of children.” He added.