Irom Sharmila to break 16-years-long fast today

Imphal: Manipur’s Iron Lady, Irom Chani Sharmila who has been fasting for the last 16 years, demanding the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act to be revoked, will end her fast today.

Her brother, Irom Singhajit, in his statement to a daily said that the activist who has been kept alive by being forcibly fed through the nasal tube will break her fast at a local court in Imphal. Singhajit said, “She will be produced before a judicial magistrate today and the court will release her from judicial custody after she breaks her fast as she had announced a fortnight ago.”

Supporters of Irom will come down in large numbers to meet het however; her 84-year-old mother Shakhi Devi will not be here. Talking on the same, Singhajit, “She will not go there to meet her. She is waiting for the moment of her victory which will come only when AFSPA is repealed.”

Ever since the news of Irom’s decision to break her fast came, her family and supporters have not been able to meet her since then and thereby donot know as to where she would stay after this. Also, after this she would enter politics to ensure that AFSPA is repealed through political means.

Local activist Kshetrimayum Onil who has been associated with Sharmila said, “The government rules say that to meet her we have to apply at least one month before. We tried but failed to set up a meeting.”

Talking on the same, her brother said that he too was waiting to meet Sharmila and then discuss on her future strategies.

The doctors who have been taking care of Irom said that she would be kept on liquid diet for a few days as she might not be able to digest solid content.

Sharmila has been protesting against AFSPA in Manipur and the neighboring north eastern states.