‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ to end 16-year hunger strike

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Indian rights campaigner to end 16-year hunger strike

 

GUWAHATI – The “Iron Lady of Manipur”, Irom Sharmila, said on Tuesday (July 26) that she was ending her 16-year hunger strike to run in the upcoming elections.

The human rights campaigner said she would break her fast on August 9.


She began fasting in 2000 to demand for the withdrawal of special powers by security forces in the region. She stopped eating after witnessing the army kill 10 people at a bus stop near her home.

She has been kept in judicial custody at a hospital in Manipur where she is force fed via a plastic nasal drip several times a day.

“I have decided to end my 16-year fast on August 9 and contest the 2017 state elections as an independent candidate,” the 44-year-old said outside a magistrate’s court in Imphal.

“My fight so far has been all alone and so I have decided to wage a war against the act democratically by becoming a lawmaker instead of continuing with my fast,” she said.

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