Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Irom Sharmila to End Fast After 16 Years

Irom Sharmila to End Fast After 16 Years
Imphal: 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.

 According to reports, Irom Sharmila has said she will break her fast on August 9, nearly 16 years after she started her protest against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Manipur.

Sharmila told mediapersons outside the Imphal Court on Tuesday, 26th July 2016, that she wanted to contest elections after breaking her fast. Sources close to her said she would contest as an independent.

Activists associated with her said her decision would mark a new beginning in the fight against AFSPA in the state. "It is a bit of a surprise. We are trying to get in touch with her for more details," said Babloo Loitongbom, an activist close to her.

Sharmila’s decision to contest in the elections is likely to have a huge impact on Manipur's political scene. In the past, she had always said there was no question of ending her fast till the AFSPA is withdrawn.

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