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Sedition case against actor-politician Ramya for 'Pakistan not hell' comment

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 August 2016, 12:41 IST

Days after Amnesty International was slapped with sedition charges for allegedly raising of pro-Kashmir 'Independence' and anti-Army slogans, actor-politician Ramya now faces sedition charges for her recent comments on Pakistan.

"Pakistan is not hell. People there are just like us. They treated us very well," NDTV quoted the 33-year-old as saying.

The Congress leader made the comments after she visited Islamabad for a meeting of young parliamentarians from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

A lawyer from Karnataka, Katnamane Vittal Gowda, was reportedly "appalled" by her statement and filed a sedition case against her in Kodagu.

However, Ramya has refused to extend an apology and has asserted that the sedition law needs to be repealed. "No question of apologising. It's important that the sedition law gets repealed. I didn't do anything wrong. Pakistanis are good people, just like us," she told News 18.

Ramya made the comments in response to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's remarks about an infiltration bid which was foiled on 15 August by the Indian Army. He had then compared the neigbouring country to "hell".

First published: 23 August 2016, 12:41 IST