Thursday, May 08, 2008

Irom Sharmila: Eight Years On, And Still Fighting

Irom Chanu Sharmila or Irom Sharmila is Manipur's public figure advocating and struggling for democracy and human rights women.
Now on her 8th year of protest by fasting. This protest is for a single goal: withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA).
This article is made by Deepti Priya Mehotra in April, 2008. She wrote a book on Irom Sharmila, and will published this year.


Irom Sharmila: Eight Years on, and Still Fighting


A profile of the unique rebel who is fighting for a repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur, by the author of a new book on Irom Sharmila

On March 8, 2008, peace activist Irom Sharmila was arrested in Imphal, Manipur. She was scheduled to address a meeting at the Meira Shang (Women’s Shelter), Porompat, organised by the Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (Mothers’ Union to Save Manipur). A large number of women and human rights activists requested the police to allow her to be free as a symbolic gesture of respect on International Women’s Day. But their pleas went unheard. Sharmila, who had been released from judicial custody only the previous day (March 7), was re-arrested on charges of attempted suicide.
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