India sedition row: Now saying 'Pakistan is not hell' may land you in trouble
After being booked for sedition, Ramya has refused to apologise for the remark. Photograph: (Facebook)
Actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana, known by her stage name Ramya, made the remark apparently while reacting to Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar's statement that, 'going to Pakistan is going to hell'.
"Pakistan is not hell. People are just like us. They treated us very well," the Congress MP said.
A complaint against her has been reportedly filed by K. Vittal Gowda, an advocate based in the town of Coorg, under Section 200 of Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.Pc) in the first Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court in Somwarpet in Kodagu district.
The sedition heat also seethed Ramya on Twitter with social media users divided over the controversy.
India will not tolerate such an anti national comment. It's a crime to praise that terrorist country. #Ramya— Shivam Ghatak (@trueghatak) August 23, 2016
The Congress leader however, refused to apologise over her remarks. "It's freedom of speech, also our duty to speak on inclusiveness & peace. Curbing freedoms is wrong in democracy," she told ANI.
I don’t ve ego at all& in any given incident, I wd've apologised, bt if I do in this case, the larger cause we're fighting fr would go:Ramya— ANI (@ANI_news) August 23, 2016
Don't think Im wrong. I also love Bangladesh, Sri Lanka. Of course I wont leave India, its my home & I am not going to leave my dogs: Ramya— ANI (@ANI_news) August 23, 2016
"Everybody is entitled to their views and that is what democracy is about,you can't force your ideology on anyone," the politician was quoted as saying.
It's pertinent to mention that rights group Amnesty International is also facing sedition charges for alleged anti-India slogans raised during an event it hosted.
(WION, with inputs from ANI)