A Zimbabwean women lobby has sued the government for banning the importation of sex toys in the southern country.
Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (Walpe) executive director Sitabile Dewa, said the group sought an order declaring the ban on importation, possession and or use of sex toys unconstitutional.
Dewa argued that the criminilisation of the importation of sex toys infringed on peoples’ rights as the gadgets were “therapeutic and good” for anyone’s well-being.
“In the alternative, I seek a declaration from this court to the effect that devices for personal and private lawful sexual acts (sex toys) are exempt from the application of the aforesaid provisions,” a local daily quoted Dewa’s application.
“Vibrators and other sex enhancing devices are not only toys, but are also therapeutic devices that can be used to attain the highest standards of physical and mental well-being.”
Dewa cited ministers Mthuli Ncube (Finance), Ziyambi Ziyambi (Justice), Kazembe Kazembe (Home Affairs), Zimra and the Attorney-General’s Office as respondents, respectively.
The suit comes after Gwanda State University (GSU) female lecturer was sentenced to a six-month jail term late last year for importing sex toys from Germany.