Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has been on a 16-year-long fast opposing the AFSPA in Manipur, will now end it. According to reports, Sharmila will contest elections from the state.
The 42-year-old ‘Iron Lady’ herself announced her decision before mediapersons outside the Imphal Court on Tuesday.
All through these 16 years, Sharmila was fed through a nasal tube. Her peaceful protest against the Army’s AFSPA has received worldwide attention.
Her hunger strike began in November 2000 following the deaths of 10 people at a bus stop allegedly at the hands of Assam Rifles. Ever since she persisted on her demand while refusing food and water. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was enacted in 1958 for control in areas considered ‘disturbed’. It is currently in force in Manipur and other north eastern states barring Tripura.