A Delhi court has issued a production warrant against civil rights activist Irom Sharmila after she failed to appear in the court in connection with a case of allegedly attempting to commit suicide during her fast-unto-death protest in Delhi in 2006.
The activist from Manipur has been on a fast for 12 years,demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in her home state. Sharmila did not appear in court despite its direction on October 30. Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain issued the production warrant for January 30,2014.
On March 4,the court had put the 40-year-old activist on trial after she refused to plead guilty to the charge of attempting to commit suicide.
If convicted,Sharmila will face a maximum jail term of one year. At the time,she had told the court,I do not want to commit suicide. Mine is only a non-violent protest. It is my demand to live as a human being. I love life. I do not want to take my life,but I want justice and peace.
Sharmilas counsel had requested the court to exempt her from appearing in the court citing her ill-health.
The magistrate had refused the request,saying if she was not in a position to appear before the court,then an appropriate application for exemption should be moved on her behalf and that the court could not pass a blanket order.