Bangladesh actress ordered to take down 'vulgar' social media images

Sanai Mahbub

Dhaka — Provocative selfies earned Bangladeshi social media star Sanai Mahbub a reprimand from Bangladesh police on Monday, as authorities in the conservative Muslim country step up their campaign against adult content online.

The aspiring actress regularly posts suggestive but fully-clothed photographs on social media platforms.

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind to hit the national entertainment industry, the 21-year-old was ordered to attend a Dhaka police station on Sunday and told to pull the photos.

Nazmul Islam, a senior official of the Dhaka police cyber-crime unit, said the actress was "counselled" by officers and told to remove the "vulgar" content.

"We highly respect freedom of speech in a democratic system. But her content has drawn protests from angry parents," Islam, said, adding that some of her images could be "illegal" under the country's pornography laws.

"We are tirelessly working to create a free and safe internet for everyone. So we don't want content which goes against our social norms, especially for children," he said. — AFP