Irom Sharmila to end her 16-year fast tomorrow

| Monday, August 8, 2016 - 16:09
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Irom Sharmila will end her 16-year fast on Tuesday | Photo: IANS

New Delhi: Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has been on fast for 16 long years demanding the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), will end her fast on Tuesday.
The 44-year-old activist will break her fast at a local court in Imphal.
Irom, also known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, was being fed through a nasal tube since 2000 to keep her alive.
"She will be produced before a judicial magistrate on Tuesday and the court will release her from judicial custody after she breaks her fast as she had announced a fortnight ago," Irom Sharmila’s brother Singhajit said.
The activist’s mother will not go to the court to meet her daughter as she is waiting for the moment of victory when AFSPA will be revoked from the state.
"She will not go there to meet her. She is waiting for the moment of her victory which will come only when AFSPA is repealed," Singhajit, who will be present at the courtroom on Tuesday, said.
On July 26, Irom Sharmila announced that she will end her fast and enter politics.
But some radical groups have criticised her decision and asked her to continue her fast till the AFSPA is repealed in the state. They also said that Sharmila should not marry a ‘non-local.’

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