Lonely in her struggle, Irom Sharmila to end fast 9 Aug: Plans to marry, contest Manipur polls
Manipuri human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a fast for 16 years to press for the repeal of AFSPA, will break her fast on 9 August.
Manipuri human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a fast for 16 years to press for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), will break her fast on 9 August, according to CNN-News18.
The news channel also reported that Sharmila will contest elections in Manipur, which will be held in 2017.
According to NDTV, Sharmila also told the district court in Manipur that she wishes to get married.
"I am lonely in my struggle," Times Now quoted her as saying.
She had been re-arrested on 2 March, merely two days after she was released, when a court found her not guilty of the charge of attempt to commit suicide.
Sharmila has been arrested, tried, released and arrested again several times on the charge of trying to take her own life.
Though Sharmila says that she loves her life and that she is using fasting as a weapon to secure the repeal of AFSPA, 1958, she is charged under section 309 IPC whenever she is arrested.
She had started her hunger strike on 4 November, 2000. AFSPA, which is in effect in many parts of northeastern India and Kashmir, gives security forces sweeping powers to search and shoot on sight. The act is criticised for allegedly allowing security personnel to abuse human rights.
Sharmila had earlier told Firstpost in an interview that she is fighting for the people:
I am fighting for the people. Our people are suffering because the security forces can do what they please with impunity. People know that I am fighting for the right cause, for them, in the only way I can. I am not doing this for personal gain. It is not that people don’t care, but they don’t know how to help at the moment. Young people across Manipur are supporting me. I have influenced them, and they know that it is right to fight for principles. I am convinced that I will finally have my way. The struggle has been worth it. I have no regrets.
With inputs from IANS
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