Since its enactment, the anti-pornography law, spearheaded by father Simon Lokodo, has always been despised by the general public. The social media streets have never accepted the law saying it is selective.
A couple of Ugandans have taken to social media to decry the way in which the Anti-pornography law is being enforced claiming it is selective and segregation. Under principle, the law should not under look a given type of people or marginalize in any way part of the citizenry.
This comes days after the law was evoked for the second time concerning significant individuals; one being the arrest of the famous movie translator and KCCA Councillor VJ Junior and recently blogger, Ashburg Katto with a one Rukundo Lillian.
The said law was passed on 20th December 2013 under a number of controversies and was promulgated on 6th February 2014 making it an act of parliament. However similar criticism has sufficed with people accusing the enforcers of the law of ‘avoiding the big fish’ and capturing the vulnerable ones. They have cited cases of Jack Pemba and a one Honey Suleiman who leaked a sex-tape, Judith Heard and many others.
One user took to twitter to say the law, given it’s harsh ten years punishment upon conviction, does not take into account of the victim’s future especially for young culprits.
Lillian Rukundo, jail for 10 years? With no criminal record?
You honestly cannot take away someone's most productive years for a petty mistake she made at a young age, and leave Jack Pemba, Judith Heard and the rest walking free.
— Scott (@sc_tto) July 14, 2018
More users asked why the law exempts out Judith Heard and the like but goes after a selected few;
But why are the courts selective? Why wasn’t Pemba,Judith heard,Desire,etc charged? Why do some people get away having done similar acts? 🤔
— Mugisha Leticia🇺🇬 (@mugishaleticia) July 13, 2018
When is Desire, Judith Heard, and Benita getting arrested too? They shared more videos than this poor girl.
— The Diva (@divastell) July 9, 2018
However others have offered support in solidarity for some of the victims, activist and journalist Lydia Namubiru has stepped up an effort to involve FIDA in specifically Rukundo’s case.
The Act establishes an Anti-pornography committee that is responsible in ensuring culprits are apprehended with the use of a recently procured pornography monitoring machine. The development comes after a recent crackdown of online channels that write and broadcast pornographic material by the UCC.