Iron Lady Irom Sharmila To Break Her Fast After 16 Years, Will Contest Election Next Year

The Logical Indian

July 26th, 2016 / 4:33 PM

Source: news18 | Image Courtesy: rediff

The “Iron Lady” of Manipur, activist Irom Sharmila has announced on Tuesday that she is going to break her fast on August 9th, almost 16 years after she began her protest against the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state.

Speaking to the media-persons outside Imphal Court, the 43-year-old said that she would also be contesting election from the state in 2017. She will be contesting as an independent candidate.

“I will break my fast as the government has failed to give any positive response… I will fight elections to resolve the issues,” she told ANI.

Sharmila has been fasting since November 2000 as a non-violent protest against the killing of 10 people by the troops of Assam Rifles in the outskirt of Imphal. The government had tried to force feed her through her nose on various occasions and she had been arrested under Section 309 of the IPC for attempt to commit suicide.

Activists, who support Sharmila, believe that this will be a new beginning in the history of Manipur’s fight against the AFSPA. She had earlier said that she would not break her fast until the repeal of AFSPA.

The AFSPA of 1958 covers a large chunk of area of the North Eastern states and Kashmir. It gives unrestrained powers to security forces. They can search, raid or shoot anyone suspicious. Sharmila’s is one of the strongest voices against of the Act that abuses human rights heavily.

Recently, the Supreme Court strongly rebuked the army, saying it cannot use “excessive or retaliatory force” even in troubled areas. With regards to Manipur, it said the situation was never a “war-like” threat to national security that warranted the act.

The apex court had also directed a probe into the alleged fake encounter killings.


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Tulsi Gabbard US Presidential Election

Meet Tulsi Gabbard, The First Hindu-American to Contest In 2020 US Election

Bonded Labours Resuced Hassan

Beaten With Iron Rods & Left Unfed: Police Rescues 52 People From Bonded Labour In Karnataka

Narmada Bachao Andolan

Narmada Bachao Andolan: Activist Medha Patkar Ends 17-Day-Long Fast In Jail

Refused By Railways For Her Visual Disability, She Replied By Securing IAS In Her Next Attempt

As Iran Prepares To Elect Its Next President, Here’s All You Need To Know About Its Election

Delhi Advocate Beaten

Delhi Advocate Beaten By Two Women Using Iron Rods, Son Kept Asking For Help

Latest on The Logical Indian

Get Inspired

Hina Jaiswal Becomes Indian Air Force’s First Woman Flight Engineer

News

J&K: Army Major Martyred, Soldier Injured While Defusing IED Near LoC

News

Meet The School Kids From Kerala Who Have Developed Smart Helmet That Can Prevent Drunk Riding

Get Inspired

Following Awareness Programs, Elders Of Gond Tribal Villages Pass Resolution To Ban Child Marriages

Awareness

With Insects Rapidly Dying, Earth Is Moving Towards Its 6th Mass Extinction

News

Delhi: Only 348 Out Of Over 10,000 Govt Hospital Beds Have Ventilators

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.