Bangalore: Actor turned politician Ramya faces sedition charges after a Karnataka-based advocate lodged a complaint…
A petition has been filed against actor-politician Ramya at the office of the Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court at Somavarapete in Karnataka’s Madikeri, demanding that she should be booked under the sedition law for her comments on Pakistanis.
“Everybody is entitled to their views and that is what democracy is about, you can’t force your ideology on anyone”, the former Congress MP said.
“Politicians want to polarise and spread hatred. Just because borders separate us we shouldn’t hate others”, Ramya aka Divya Spandana said.
“Its freedom of speech, also our duty to speak on inclusiveness and peace. Curbing freedoms is wrong in democracy,” she added.
Referring to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent remark “going to Pakistan is like going to hell,” the 33-year-old former Congress MP had said, “Pakistan is a good country, not hell. People are just like us. They treated us very well. Manohar Parrikar’s comment is not true.”
Advocate Vithal Gowda has filed the case against Ramya, apparently “appalled” that she praised a country that India blames for promoting terrorism in India.
Ramya had made the statement on August 20. The case will be heard on Saturday.
The case comes exactly a week after sedition case was filed against Amnesty International for organising the event ‘Broken families’. The ABVP which was protesting against the organisation and has been demanding a NIA probe, will now stage a protest against Divya for her remarks.
While there has been demands for her apology, the former Lok Sabha MP Divya has refused to apologise. She said, “I am not going to apologise for the remark. I don’t think there is anything seditious about expressing your views and opinions. Also, calling Pakistan a good n