Manipur’S Iron Lady Irom Sharmila Ends 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike (Download PDF)

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Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila broken her fast on 9 August 2016. Irom Sharmila has ended a 16 year hunger strike against a controversial law in the country. She said that she wants to become the chief minister of Manipur to take positive steps for the state.

Irom Sharmila
  • Sharmila also known as Manipur ′ s ′ Iron Lady. Sharmila became emotional and broke down as she took a taste of honey from a spoon.
  • They declined food and water for more than 500 weeks and she has been known as a world՚s largest hunger striker.
  • Her hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) .

About Irom Sharmila:

  • Irom Sharmila born on 14 March 1972 in Kongpal, Manipur in India.
  • She is a Civil rights activist, Political activist and poet from the Manipur.
  • On 2014 International Women՚s day, she was voted the top Women icon of India by MSN Poll.
  • On 19 August 2014 a court ordered her release from custody on issue to there being no other grounds for detention.
  • On 22 August 2014 Sharmila re-arrested on similar charges to those for which she was acquitted and remanded in judicial custody for 15 days.

Fast and Responses:

  • Sharmila՚s demand is to the Indian government has been the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) .
  • Since 2000 to she began her fast in Malom and sworn not to eat, drink, comb her hair or look in a mirror until AFSPA was repealed.
  • After Three days she began her strike, she was arrested by the police.
  • Since her hunger strike began, she has been regularly released and re-arrested every year.

End of the Fast:

  • She broken her fast on August 9,2016. AFSPA is repealed as the Act is still enforced in Manipur this day she meet her mother and eat rice from her mother՚s hand.
  • Objective of her fast and entering politics is to fight for the removal of AFSPA.


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Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) :

  • Indian government passed a law, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in 1958.
  • This Act applies to the seven states in India and grants security forces the power to search properties without a warrant and they arrest the people.
  • In this Act use deadly force if there is “reasonable suspicion” that a person is acting against the state.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 10, 2016

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