Activist Irom Sharmila Chanu on Thursday got married to her British boyfriend Desmond Coutinho. The duo tied the knot at the office of the sub-registrar in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu, where she is residing. The marriage was a low key affair and invitations were not sent to anyone, even the family members of the bride and the groom did not attend the wedding. Irom and Coutinho tied the knot under the ‘Special Marriage Act 1954’ after completing legal formalities which took nearly two months. Before she got married, Irom Sharmila told the Times of India that, ”I will call my mother to seek blessings, we haven’t invited anyone to come attend my wedding”.
Irom Sharmila told ToI that she will settle down in Kodaikanal and she will start afresh her battle against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in order to bring peace and justice to the nation. Sharmila was accompanied by documentary film maker and CPI-ML activist Divya Bharathi. Hindu Makkal Karchi had filed a petition seeking a stay on the wedding on August 4, according to the Hindustan times.
Irom Sharmila quit her short stint in politics after losing to former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in the assembly elections held earlier this year. Sharmila had told the Indian Express that she will continue her fight against the AFSPA through other platforms. She told the Indian Express ”I am leaving Manipur for some time and I will fight against AFSPA, I don’t know where I will go, but where ever I am I will fight for the people”.