‘Iron’ Sharmila’s to end her 16-year-long fast today


IMPHAL: Civil Rights Activists Irom Sharmila will finish her 16-year-long fast today against the controversial Armed Forces Act, 1958. Sharmila was considered as the 'Iron Lady of Manipur'.

On July 26, it was proclaimed that she would end her fast and contest next year's Manipur assembly election.

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Iron Sharmila claimed that after ending her fast she would marry her boyfriend Desmond Coutinho who is an India-born British national.

44-yrs old Sharmila will be present in court today before the chief judicial magistrate in Imphal West.  The judge will release her order after she makes clear her purpose to end her fast.

Sharmila's family said, “They were ready to welcome her in their Imphal East residence, but were unsure if she would come home."

We heard sources that she will not come home on Tuesday. However, we have made arrangements, including a separate room for her," said Sharmila's elder brother Irom Singhajit.

Sharmila’s mother refused to comment on Sharmila's decision to end her fast.

"I'll give my views after Sharmila's release. I will go to court to hear what she says." Singhajit added

“The state government had not allowed Sharmila's family to meet her at JNIMS hospital where she was kept in custody and force-fed,” he said.

Requesting the cancelation of AFSPA, Sharmila started her fast on November 5, 2000, two days after Assam Rifles staff shot dead 10 civilians, including a national kid dauntlessness recompense victor, in Malom, Imphal West.

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