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Indian actress Ramya booked over pro-Pakistan comments

KARNATAKA: A complaint was filed against Kannada actor-turned-politician Ramya, by a lawyer under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 124-A for sedition, in Kodagu, Karnataka, for her “Pakistan is not hell” comment. The court will hear the case on 27 August.

According to reports, Ramya has said she will not apologise as she has done nothing wrong. “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 said. “I respectfully disagree, Pakistan is not hell, people there are just like us,” she added, referring to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remark that going to hell and going to Pakistan were the same.

Also known as Divya Spandana, Ramya is also being trolled on the social media. Apart from abusive messages from the public, Ramya has been reprimanded by Jaggesh, another Kannada actor-cum-politician.

Speaking at an event organised by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) to protest against anti-nationalism, Jaggesh, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said, “People who have not studied and don’t have any experience are praising Pakistan. They should be given a peace prize, maybe a Nobel. They should also be allowed to stand next to Bill Clinton and take photos.”

Not quite done, Jaggesh added that those supporting anti-national sentiments are “mosquitoes and bedbugs” and should be destroyed with poison.

Ramya, however, took the negative reactions to her statement, including Jaggesh’s, in her stride.

Ramya, a member of the Congress Party, made the remark on Pakistan while addressing a women’s rally in the Mandya constituency, near Mysore, to which she was elected in 2013 in a by-election but lost the seat in the 2014 general elections.

She has recently come back from Islamabad, after attending the SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference 2016.

The Huffington Post