Irom Sharmila to end hunger strike after 16 years Irom Sharmila is set to end her hunger strike after 16 years
Eastern Eye Staff
Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila has announced she will end her 16-year long hunger strike to focus on contesting upcoming elections in the country’s remote, underdeveloped northeast. Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her unwavering and nonviolent protest against rights abuses in the region, said she would break her fast today (9). She has been kept in judicial custody almost since she began fasting in 2000 to back her demand for the withdrawal of special powers wielded by security forces in the insurgency-wracked region. The campaigner has been confined to a hospital ward in Manipur’s main…
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