A sedition complaint was filed against actor-politician Ramya for her comments on Pakistan. The 33-year-old had said, "Pakistan is not hell. People there are just like us. They treated us very well," after attending an event of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation. He statement followed Defence Minister Mahonar Parikar's remark that "going to Pakistan is like going to hell", according to NDTV.
The complaint was filed in Kodagu, Karnataka, by lawyer Katnamane Vittal Gowda, who said he was "appalled" by her statement, which was dubbed "anti-national". The Kannada actor, who has been with the Congress since 2011, had visited Islamabad for a SAARC meeting of young Parliament members.
Reacting to the case, Ramya, whose real name is Divya Spandana, said there was "no question of apologising", and she was "entitled to freedom of speech", according to News18. "It's important that the sedition law gets repealed. [I] didn't do anything wrong. Pakistanis are good people, just like us," she said, adding that she did not blame anyone because "people are very passionate about nationalism".