Oct 19, 2017 Last Updated 2:13 PM, Oct 19, 2017

“Obscene” Placard Sparks Debate

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A placard of what some deem as obscene has sparked debate in Malawi after its carrier was arrested by the Police on Thursday.

The Lilongwe based woman was part of a solidarity march meant to raise awareness on the escalating cases of Gender Based Violence. She was released hours later after getting bailed out.

However, though some are still condemning the law enforcers over how they reacted to the placard others are praising them for taking action at the right time.

Many people have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp to share their point of views.

Capital FM posted the picture on its Facebook page asking whether her actions warrant an arrest and it has attracted hundreds of comments and reactions.

Margret Tendai Mwale wrote: We Malawians need to be schooled on the difference between respect & fear. What I'm seeing is that men want women to fear them & not respect them. I have seen no applaud for this cause at all but condemning the woman for standing up for her rights.  There's nothing wrong with that placard in my opinion as she refers to her own vagina. Women are raped by their boyfriends, husbands & others because the men feel women are their property & decide on when they want to have sex or not & that's why there raped, beaten & abused when they deny their partners sex.

Carolyn Caz Cranko Was brief: She has done a great job of making people sit up and take notice. Well done to her - message received!

And Brighton Break highlighted the legality of the message: Go and check in Malawi's penal code you'll find out that there is a crime, because the use of insulting language is a crime in Malawi. Now as you can see on the placard there are elements of the use of insulting language, which is a crime. The arrest is legal only that it's a misdemeanor.

Commenting on the matter Legal Commentator, Justin Dzonzi said the woman shouldn’t have been arrested as she was referring to herself on the poster and there is no law in the country which indicates such as a crime.

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