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Iron Lady Irom Sharmila breaks her 16 years fast to contest election in Manipur

Imphal: On Tuesday, the rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu from Manipur announced that she would be breaking her 16-year fast to contest assembly elections in 2017.

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According to reports that Sharmila has been on a hunger strike since 2000 to demand repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur. She will break her fast on 9th August 2016.

She said that I will break my fast because the government has failed to give any positive response. I will fight elections to solve the issue in the state Manipur.

Now She no longer believes that her fast will lead to the repeal of the draconian AFSPA but she will continue the fight, she said.

Irom said that I will join politics and my fight will continue against the AFSPA.

Manipur Assembly elections are scheduled in 2017. She is forcibly fed through a nasal tube in Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital, Imphal, a special ward which acts as her prison.

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Sharmila has been arrested by the police several times over the past few years. Sharmila was put on trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide on 4th March 2013 while undertaking a fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar on 4th October 2006.

Sharmila was acquitted in the case on 30th March 2016. She said she never intended to commit suicide but it was just a protest against AFSPA in the state Manipur.

10 people, including two children, were shot dead by personnel allegedly from the armed forces, then after she began her fast in 2000.

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  • Kamal Rajpal

    It is vital that Irom Chanu Sharmila gets proper medical guidance on how to gradually come back to a normal diet, from experts who know the art and science of fasting. Breaking a 16 years fast may take at least 16 weeks or else it can be fatal. AYUSH or JNI Bangalore or similar organisations should be consulted.