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Manipur’s ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Sharmila marries long-time partner Desmond Coutinho

In March elections this year, Irom Sharmila lost out to outgoing CM Okram Ibobi Singh of the Congress and her party was humiliated. Post the election results, Sharmila said she would quit politics.

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Manipur election results 2017 LIVE updates: Congress, BJP in neck-and-neck battle; Irom Sharmila secures just 90 votes

Manipur elections results 2017: The state is currently governed by Congress with Okram Ibobi Singh as the chief minister who has held the position since 2002.

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Imphal court acquits Irom Sharmila in attempt to suicide case

Chief Judicial Magistrate dismissed the charges against the ‘Iron Lady’ saying the prosecution had not provided sufficient evidence to prove her guilt.

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In a Broken Land

In Anubha Bhonsle’s intimate portrayal, Manipur emerges as a wounded civilisation, where sorrow is a moral response to tragedy and violation.

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Irom Sharmila acquitted in suicide bid case

Sharmila, 42, later said she would continue her struggle. “My struggle will continue till the time AFPSA is repealed. It does not matter whether I am released from jail or not,” she said.

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15 years and counting: Irom Sharmila’s protest against AFSPA

Irom Sharmila has been on a hunger strike since November 2000, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

Irom Sharmila produced before magistrate, re-arrested this afternoon

This afternoon, however, the police produced her before the magistrate and remanded her back to police custody under section 309 of the IPC.

Irom Sharmila released from custody, refuses to go with her supporters and breaks down

This is the second time in a year that Sharmila has been released.

Who was Irom Sharmila: A look at the life she has lost, and memories that sustain her

Who was Irom Sharmila before her extraordinary protest against the AFSPA took over her existence? As her fast enters its 15th year, a look at the life she has lost, and the memories that sustain her.

The longest fast

That Irom Sharmila’s fast has entered its 15th year reveals the implacable might of the Indian state.

I believe PM Modi will repeal AFSPA from Manipur: Irom Sharmila

People see me as a separatist. But, I am struggling for India’s integrity, she said.

Rethinking impunity

Why it may be time to revoke the AFSPA in areas like Manipur.

Three days after her release, anti-AFSPA activist Irom Sharmila re-arrested from protest site

Sharmila has been taken back to her ward at the JNIMS to be force fed through her nose.

Express 5: No proof of sexual assault in Badaun case; her tube off, fast still on, Irom Sharmila is free

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Stature a worry for govt, can come in her way too

Irom’s fight against what is perceived as a draconian law has made her more than just an icon.