Irom Sharmila 'Iron Lady of Manipur' completes 12 years fast
The ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ Irom Chanu Sharmila.
Ms Sharmila has been on a hunger strike since 2000. She completed 12 years of her fast. She has been demanding repeal of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) which the human rights activists hold as a draconian law.
Sharmila, a civil rights activist, began her hunger strike after the death of 10 people in an alleged encounter with the Assam Rifles at Malom valley in Imphal on November 2, 2000. At present, she is in judicial custody where she is forcibly fed through her nose.