November 4, 2010

Iron Woman Irom Chanu Sharmila Completes Her 10 Years of Hunger Strike

Irom Chanu Sharmila
Irom Chanu Sharmila, who is known as the "Iron Lady of Manipur", has completed her ten years of hunger strike on Tuesday. She has been fasting unto death from November 2, 2000 after witnessing the killing of innocent people by the army in Manipur.
The 38-year-old Sharmila was arrested for her protest and started her fasting in the prison hospital being fed with vitamins forcefully via a nasal drip. Her protest began after the army of 8 Assam Rifles allegedly killed 10 people at Malom near Imphal airport on November 2, 2000.
Sharmila is demanding for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Manipur, under which the army is allowed to kill suspected rebels.
The iconic figure in the country is looking lean and thin, yet the positive thought has a notion to make her mission complete and successful. She has vowed to continue her strike until the demand gets approved.
According to Human rights campaigners, such activity by a daring woman has created a history not for the rebels but for the civilians, who is struggling for their rights in a free nation.