Manipur activist Irom Chanu Sharmila announced on Tuesday that she will break her 16-year-long fast against the withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). She said that she no longer believes that her fast will lead to the repeal of AFSPA but she will continue the fight. “I will join politics and my fight will continue,” said Sharmila who has refused to eat or drink anything since November, 2000. The elections for the Manipur Legislative Assembly are scheduled to happen in early 2017.
She even said that she will break her fast on August 9. She has been forcibly nose-fed at a government hospital in Imphal all these years. Sharmila began her hunger strike against the killing of 10 civilians by security forces at a bus stop near Imphal airport. “Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, had resorted to fasts while making certain demands,” she said.
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She had been arrested, released and then re-arrested from time to time on the charge of making an attempt to commit suicide. The maximum punishment under Section 309 of IPC is a one-year jail term.
(With inputs from PTI)