A 25-year-old Malaysian woman on Wednesday (6 July) pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur to a charge of uploading pornographic photos onto her Twitter account.
Amira Nur Afiqah Agus Salim is accused of "knowingly making and initiating the transmission of obscene communication, namely pornographic pictures, with the intention of offending others", according to national news agency Bernama.
The offending tweet was allegedly made via the @amiranafqh account on Twitter at 7.27pm on 19 September 2021.
Accompanying the tweet was some text, including the sentence, "Libresse uses flower as representation of vulva instead of this??"
If found guilty of her charge under the Communications and Multimedia Act, Amira faces a fine of up to RM50,000 and/or up to a year in jail.
She was granted bail of RM3,000 and the case will be mentioned again on 9 August.
Feminine care brand's representation of vulva
Libresse, a feminine care brand, had in September launched a V-Kebaya Limited Edition Range of sanitary products featuring images of vulvas interpreted into flower motifs on the packaging.
"At Libresse, we aim to create a world where women can live the life they want by breaking V zone taboos, and that begins with knowing and loving the V-Zone… Let’s normalise V-Zone taboos in an open, positive and respectful manner by encouraging women to embrace this beautiful part of their body, together," said the brand in a statement.
However, the campaign was pulled after a backlash from religious organisations. A statement from the Yadim Muslim Women's Council had said, "To misuse an image of women's private part on the advertisement design of your sanitary products is a dishonour to women. This promotion clearly undermines the dignity of women and violates the norms of decency in our Malaysian society."
Meanwhile, Wardah Media said the brand was "promoting porn". It said, "Can you imagine what a man's imagination would be when he sees the motif on the flowers? Other than that, it's also an insult to Malaysian women because they use the flower motif on the national outfit — the kebaya,"
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