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Iron lady - Irom Sharmila

On 4th November, activist Sharmila's fast entered 14th year. She has been fasting since Nov 4th 2000, asking the government to repeal AFSPA.

Sharmila is from Indian state Manipur, and is political and human rights activist and a poet. She is currently facing trial for "attempt to suicide".




AFSPA - armed forces special power act - is being used in Manipur and other north eastern states since 1980s. This act gives the power to the armed forces  to arrest anyone without warrant, on the suspicion that they have committed or about to commit a cognizable of fence. Sharmila claims that this act is the root cause for violence in Manipur.

On Nov 2 2000, 10 civilians were shot dead in Malom a town in Imphal valley of Manipur by Indian paramilitary forces, while waiting for a bus. Next day newspaper carried images of these people. November 4th Thursday, Sharmila started the hunger strike requesting the government to repeal the act.

She has contacted various political parties- trinamool congress, CPI(M). She has asked for the support of Anna Hazare. She has called on PM.

She is being arrested for attempt to suicide and when in arrest, she is force fed using nasal tubes.

These are the facts. But what do we care? We are not in NE. We do not have to face AFSPA. 

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