“Pakistan is not hell” says Indian actress Ramya, faces sedition charge, refused to apologise

Her remarks were in reference to the Defence Minister’s comment on Pak. Ramya visited Islamabad for a SAARC event recently. She has beenaccused of “sedition” over her comments praising Pakistan after a recent visit. Ramya says she will not apologise and feels it is important “not to succumb” to her critics.

RamyaThe 33-year-old Kannada film star, a former lawmaker of Karnataka’s ruling Congress, has been attacked on social media and has also been taken to court by a lawyer who has filed a “sedition case” in Kodagu in southern Karnataka, around 250 km from state capital Bengaluru.

Ramya, after visiting Islamabad as part of a SAARC delegation of young lawmakers, had said: “Pakistan is not hell. People there are just like us. They treated us very well.”

The outspoken actor, whose real name is Divya Spandana, had referenced Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s comment last week that “going to Pakistan is like going to hell”.

“I will not apologise as I have done nothing wrong. I am entitled to my views and that is what democracy is about,” Ramya told NDTV, alleging that sedition laws are misused against “anybody and everybody”.

“I can say sorry, it is the easiest thing for me, but if I do it in this case, the purpose is lost. Right now I really need to stand up for myself…What I said is harmless,” she commented..

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