Kannada actress Ramya sticks to 'Pakistan not hell' remark

Saffron organisations ABVP and BJP have started protests in Karnataka over Ramya's comments

Kannada actress Ramya sticks to

Popular Kannada actress-turned-politician Ramya, alias Divya Spandana, is facing sedition charges for reportedly stating that "Pakistan is not hell".

Ramya allegedly made the comment, while addressing a rally in her former constituency Mandya.

A Bangalore court headed by Judge Shyam Prakash will be hearing the the case on August 27, after a sedition case has been filed against the actress by an advocate named K Vittal Gowda.

He said in his complaint that, "Ramya has hurt the sentiments of Indians by praising Pakistan", reported CNN-NEWS 18. Ramya had won from Mandya in a by-election in 2013, and reportedly made the comment, soon after attending the SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference 2016, in Islamabad.

The actress, responded saying she has no plan to apologise. "I'm entitled to freedom of speech. Nobody can curb it," she tweeted.

"I don't have an ego at all and in any given incident, I would have apologised, but if I do in this case, the larger cause we're fighting for would go," she was quoted as saying to CNN-News 18. "I respectfully disagree, Pakistan is not hell, people there are just like us," she added, probably responding to earlier comments by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that going to hell and going to Pakistan are same.

The saffron organisations, ABVP and BJP have started protests in Karnataka over Ramya's comments.
In many places their activists blackened the posters of the actress, seeking unconditional apology from her.