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By Deputy Editor / Published on Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 16:35 PM / No Comments / 1847 views

ONCE again we have a story of so called leaked nude pictures belonging to a socialite who claims they were never meant for public consumption.

Not so long ago, we had a similar story of a poet whose nude pictures leaked and she said the pictures were taken in private by her sister-in-law and were never meant for public consumption.

That is a statement almost everyone whose nude pictures or videos leak.

In today’s story, the ex model also says the pictures were meant for her boyfriend and she only lost them when her cell phone was stolen.

Many assume that if you take nude pictures of yourself, there is nothing wrong with that – provided your conscience is clean or your partner approves.

But that is far from the truth. In fact, it is better never to take nude pictures of yourself or your partner because if they leak, however they leak, you are responsible.

Yes the ‘low-lives’ that leak the nudes are to blame as it is illegal to distribute pornographic material.

However, it is equally, if not more illegal to produce pornographic material.

If one does not produce pornographic material, there will be nothing to distribute or circulate.

It is advisable never to circulate such pictures by forwarding them through social media or publishing them on public platforms.

It is important for people to know that production and disseminating of undesirable pictures is a crime that can land one in court or even jail.

The story of the Harare Polytechnic College model’s arrest following her alleged indecent exposure shows how the police is on high alert to ensure that the country’s laws and morals are observed.

The cellphone is meant for our benefit and convenience – and it has served those purposes ever since its introduction in Zimbabwe in the late 90s – but we should be wary of that gadget.

It is something that most people do not want to leave out of their sight but some of social media’s greatest leaks have come from the gadget.

More than just talking to each other, the advent of WhatsApp has seen people selling their privacy away because of temporary flirty feelings that they regret moments later.

Now people can send each other videos doing all sorts of nuisance and nude pictures but when those flirty relationships end, the videos and or pictures often find their way into public platforms and or the media.

That is regrettable and – as the aforementioned cases prove – punishable by law.

Never pose nude, do not have pornographic material in your cellphones and more importantly, do not distribute such things.

The law and the morals of all Zimbabweans forbid this and it is better to learn from the mistakes that have been made by the few people whose cases have been made public.

The best way to avert tragedy – it is a tragic experience to have one’s nude pictures or video at the mercy of the public – is to NEVER share or produce images or pictures you do not want your mother to see with your loved ones.

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