1. Irom Sharmila to break 16-year-long fast, will contest Manipur elections

Irom Sharmila to break 16-year-long fast, will contest Manipur elections

I will break my fast as the Govt has failed to give any positive response,” Irom Sharmila said

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 26, 2016 7:00 PM
sharmila irom According to reports, Irom Chanu Sharmila will break her fast on August 9. (Reuters)

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.

WATCH: Irom Sharmila to break 16 year long fast

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)



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  1. Gaurika Pal
    Jul 26, 2016 at 10:23 am
    This one is on Irom Sharmila & AFSPA in Hindi (GAURAVASHK)
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      satyawan gupta
      Jul 27, 2016 at 1:54 am
      Its good that she finally believed in democracy. In my opinion she may be right for her Demands but others may have ingenuine demands and put pressure on government using fast.

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