A young influencer who turned up to her obscenity trial wearing a risqué outfit has hailed a victory for women's rights to wear what they want in Turkey after she dodged three years in jail.
Prosecutors had demanded between six months and three years imprisonment for defendant Merve Taskin, who went on trial in Istanbul, Turkey, for obscenity after wearing revealing clothing.
Taskin, 24, was accused of sharing snaps from her OnlyFans with her 577,000 Instagram followers.
She had already been given a five-month suspended sentence for posting photos deemed obscene back in December 2021.
In that case, she had posed sitting on a giant penis at Amsterdam's Sex Museum, and another snap had shown her seemingly naked behind a glass door.
Then, in her latest case, she turned up for her hearing on January 12 wearing a crotch-skimming mini dress teamed with knee-high leather high-heeled boots.
She completed the outfit with a shoulderless feathered crop top that left little to the imagination.
Taskin posted the photos on social media with the caption: "How do you like my court outfit?"
Influencer and lawyer 'very happy' with result
But on January 26, she was acquitted after the court ruled that the photos in question were not obscene, as none of them showed her completely naked.
"This was a very important decision," her lawyer Feyza Altun said after the acquittal.
"Because this lawsuit, which is an attack on women's clothing and lifestyle in Turkey, was concluded in our favour. I am very happy for myself."
Taskin added: "I am very happy too."
She took to Instagram to celebrate the decision, sharing photos of her latest court outfit consisting of a fluffy pink suit and a shiny blue bikini. While some questioned how suitable the outfit was in court, others praised Taskin.
"Congratulations for being brave and to go to court with such a confident outfit," one person responded.
In a statement shared to social media, she said she was "concerned" over efforts to slander her.
"I just live my life without hurting or interfering with anyone. Unfortunately, I was out worn out and sad for my country because of a court process that should never have happened," she said.
Under Turkish law, any person who publishes obscene material can be fined or sentenced to prison for up to three years.
- Newsflash/ Australscope
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