Indian actress Ramya (born Divya Spandand), 33, is a former Congress MP. After a recent visit to Islamabad as part of part of a SAARC delegation of young Indian lawmakers, she was accused of saying at a meeting in her former constituency Mandya (Karnataka, India): “Pakistan is not Hell. People there are just like us. They treated us very well.”
Ramya has been attacked on social media and has also been taken to court by lawyer K Vittala Gowda who has filed a sedition case in Kodagu in southern Karnataka for insulting Indian patriots by her remarks.
On August 25, India’s NDTV reported that Ramya had refused to apologize for her statement. She said her statement was to debunk India’s defense minister Manohar Parrikar’s comments last week that going to Pakistan is like going to hell.
“I can say sorry, it is the easiest thing for me, but if I do it in this case, the purpose is lost. Right now I really need to stand up for myself. What I said is harmless,” she commented.
Ramya is right. India do have more billionaires and millionaires than in Pakistan but economically Pakistanis are for better than Indian people. According to Mundi Index, Pakistan’s 22.3% population lives below poverty line as compared to India’s 29.8%. A 2010 study conducted by Oxford University said that 55 percent of India’s population of 1.1 billion, or 645 million people, are living in poverty (here).
On August 25, when Ramya arrived to attend Krishna Janmashtami festival in the city, Modi’s BJP party’s Muslim-hating Yuva Morcha thugs waving black-flag threw eggs on her car and shouted down down Ramya and Ramya go back.
Actress Ramya who predominantly acted in Kannada films has also appeared in Tamil and Telugu films.