South Indian actress-cum-politician Divya Spandana, known by her stage name Ramya, has been slapped sedition charge for her remarks praising the people of Pakistan after she attended the recent SAARC summit for young parliamentarians in Pakistan.
A lawyer in Karnataka filed the case of sedition against the former Lok Sabha member.
Ramya, who visited Pakistan to attend the SAARC meeting of young parliamentarians, spoke of how she felt about the people of Pakistan.
She reportedly expressed that people there are welcoming and went out of their way to make her stay comfortable on getting to know she was from India.
Ramya had rebuffed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks on the country, saying, “Pakistan is a good country, not hell. Parrikar’s comments (that going to Pakistan or hell is the same thing) are not true.”
She made the remarks during a rally in her former constituency Mandya.
The complaint was filed against Ramya in Kodagu, Karnataka, under several Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 124-A (sedition).
Reacting to the complaint, Ramaya, as per report in NDTV, said she would not apologise for what she said. “I have done nothing wrong. I am entitled to my views and that is what democracy is about,” Ramya said on Tuesday, adding: “It’s funny that people get away with murder charges and polarisation in this country.”
Ramya represented the constituency of Mandya from 2013 to 2014 as Lok Sabha member. The case will be heard on Saturday.