Police in Rwanda have in detention four young women who are accused of posting their naked pictures on social media.
The Police’s investigations bureau (RIB) on Friday paraded the four suspects (names withheld) and said they could face up to 2 years behind bars, and/or a fine.
The allegedly posted nude photos of themselves on Instagram.
Upon being questioned, they admitted to have been drunk when they committed the offense.
One of suspects told media today that she was unaware that such an act was illegal in the country.
“Besides, it wasn’t a sexual act in itself, it was just being naked. I felt embarrassed the following day, and I apologize to the Rwandan people,” she said.
However, according to RIB interim spokeswoman Dominique Bahorera, the women are believed to have been paid to strip naked by an unknown person, with the intent of selling the content.
Meanwhile, the RIB spokesperson warned that even other Rwandans including artists who tend to dress suggestively will face arrest and imprisonment publishing and transmitting obscene messages through a computer or the internet.