New Delhi: Human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who recently announced that she will join politics to continue her ante against controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), is now facing an identity crisis.
Irom, who on August 9 broke her 16-year-old fast fighting against AFSPA, had announced that she would join mainstream politics to change the controversial law shielding Army Personnel.
But the activist who had given 16 years of her life in protest does not have neccessary documents to claim her citizenship and fight elections. She lacks a permanent account number (PAN) card, bank account or voter identity card.
Earlier, Irom said that she had only changed her strategy against a law which gives sweeping powers to security forces as years of fasting against it had not helped.
“I have learned the hard way that my fasting has not had the desired result,” the activist told the media after coming out of the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West, L. Tonsing.
“I have supporters at the national and international level. I plan to continue my campaign. I have not given up my campaign. I have only changed my strategy,” she said.
In the court, some persons displayed handbills with slogans like “I support Sharmila”.
Sharmila, who wants the Armed Forces Special Powers Act to go, has been living in a hospital since giving up her fast as most Imphal residents are reportedly not ready to provide her a house on rent.