Merve Taskin, a famous Turkish influencer landed herself in trouble after she posted obscene pictures of herself straddling a giant penis sculpture while holidaying in Amsterdam. According to Turkish law, posting obscene pictures can land one in jail for at least three years.
Turkish Influencer Sentenced For Posting 'Vulgar' Photo Of Her Riding Huge Penis Sculpture
Merve Taskin, a Turkish influencer has been given 5-months prison time for posing alongside a giant penis sculpture in Amsterdam's Sex Museum.
Merve who has a followers of 570k on Instagram shared the obsecen posts while celebrating her birthday in January last year.
The bold images show the 23-year old Merve straddling a huge penis, while in another she stands beside a glass door designed after a brothel in the Dutch capital's famous Red Light District.
While the images were shared in all fun, Merve later faced charges on 'obscenity charges' in the Turkish city of Canakkale and the images have since been removed from her social media account.
As per Turkish law, people who publish obscene material can receive jail time for upto three years.
During the court trial, Merve's legal team argued that the posts 'are within the limits of freedom of expression' and that the investigation showed 'how far behind the world we are.'
She posted a picture of herself with her legal team, writing:
"The prosecution office gave its opinion to our detriment.
"Against the opinion, we stated that, in general, my posts are within the limits of freedom of expression, that there is no precedent in the world, and that this concrete situation does not mean that our investigation authority is conducting an investigation that will set an example to the world, but that it shows how far behind the world we are in terms of freedom of expression.
"However, the court would not agree with us, so it sentenced me to 5 months in prison. Despite all this, the relatively good news is that postponement of the announcement of the provision was applied in this judgment that was set against me.
"In the current situation, if I do not deliberately commit a crime within 5 years, the provision will be annulled with all its consequences."
As the news made it to the social media, the director of Sex Museum, Monique van Marle said:
"Our museum is intended to educate people all around the world about the history of sex.
"We admire you for expressing yourself and posting such pictures."
Merve initially received 6 months of jail time however, it was reduced to five months due to good conduct, and then later suspended.
Turkey is a Muslim majority country where the idea of modest clothing is closely followed but it is not as strict as compared to other countries.
The UK Foreign Office website advises: "Dress modestly if you're visiting a mosque or a religious shrine to avoid offence."