Iron lady from Manipur Sharmila to end 16 year long fast on August 9

Imphal: Iron lady from Manipur, Irom Chanu Sharmila today announced to end her 16 long years fast on August 9th and will contest state Assembly Elections.

Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will end her fast in next month.

The 44-year-old right activist told media persons, after coming out from local court that “I will end fast on August 9th and contest election.”

Assembly elections in Manipur are scheduled in 2017.

She further added that she no longer believes that her fast will lead to the appeal of the “draconian”, but will continue to fight for AFSPA.

Sharmila who has refused to eat or drink anything since November, 2000, said “That is why I will join politics and my fight will continue.”

She is forcibly fed through a nasal tube in Imphal’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital, a special ward of which acts as her prison.

Chanu had been arrested, released and then re-arrested from time to time on the charge of making an attempt to commit suicide.

The maximum punishment under Section 309 of IPC is a one-year jail term.