Manipur’s Iron Lady Irom Sharmila will break her 16-year-old fast against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) on 9 August.
Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike since 2000, has decided to end her fast on August 9. She also announced that she would contest state elections in Manipur.
Sharmila, 44, who is known as the Iron Lady, was on a fast for the past 16 years in Manipur demanding repeal of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). She was arrested multiple times and was force fed through a nasal tube.
Media reports suggest that Centre was having ‘back channel’ talks with Irom, trying to persuade her to end her fast. Manipur is scheduled to have Assembly elections in 2017.
She was put on trial on March 4, 2013, for allegedly trying to commit suicide while undertaking a fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar on October 4, 2006.