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Published : Jul 26, 2016, 3:28 pm IST
Updated : Jul 26, 2016, 3:28 pm IST

Sharmila, 42, has been on a fast since November 2000, demanding repeal of the controversial AFSPA.

Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu. (Photo: PTI)
 Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu. (Photo: PTI)

Sharmila, 42, has been on a fast since November 2000, demanding repeal of the controversial AFSPA.

Manipur rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu on Monday announced she would be breaking her 16-year fast to contest elections.

 

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 August 9, said reports.

”I will break my fast as the government has failed to give any positive response. I will fight elections to solve the issue,” said Irom Sharmila. Sharmila has been force fed through a nasal tub e for years.

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

On March 30, 2016, she was acquitted in the case. Sharmila said she never intended to commit suicide, and it was just a protest against AFSPA.

 

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

Location: India, Manipur, Imphal