Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila set to register marriage with long-time British partner

Despite the formalities being completed under the Hindu Marriage Act yesterday, Irom Sharmila and Desmond Coutinho were told by the sub-registrar that they will be granted permission only after registering it under the Special Marriage Act, as their marriage is inter-religious. This requires a 30-day notice period.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 13, 2017 11:58 am
Irom Sharmila, Iron woman, Irom Sharmila marriage, Irom Sharmila Kodaikanal Irom Sharmila is set to marry long-time partner Desmond Coutinho. (File)

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila visited the sub-registrar’s office in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday to register her marriage with long-time British partner Desmond Coutinho, reported The Times of India. The Manipuri activist has now shifted and settled in Perumalmalai in Kodaikanal. While she was campaigning ahead of the Manipur state elections earlier this year, Sharmila had said she intended to get married by August.

Despite the formalities being completed under the Hindu Marriage Act yesterday, the couple was told by the sub-registrar that they will be granted permission only after they have registered it under the Special Marriage Act, as their marriage is inter-religious. This requires a 30-day notice period, they were told.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the 45-year-old said her “search for peace ended in Kodaikanal”, reported TOI. She added she likes to roam the streets of the hill-town without being disturbed. When asked if she would continue fighting for issues, she said, “Anyone is free to fight for his or her rights in free India. And I will rise up to the occasion if the need arises.”

Sharmila, also referred to as the ‘Iron’ woman, is known for her 16-year hunger strike in protest against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in the northeast. She had vowed never to eat or drink — she was forced-fed to keep her alive — until it was repealed in the state. However, last August, Sharmila broke her fast and subsequently announced her entry into the political fray. She formed the People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance Party and contested the Manipur Assembly elections in March. The party, however, received only 90 votes.

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    SANTOSH
    Jul 14, 2017 at 7:53 am
    Good.. article
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      Sheik Mohamed
      Jul 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm
      Let us wish them a happy married life.
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        Rahul
        Jul 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm
        The 'secular' kerala government had made a big noise about her visit to kerala in the interlude between voting and counting in Manipur, and tom-tomed it as an alliance against 'communal fascism'...and when it emerged that all she gathered was 52 votes in her cons uency...no more noise was to be heard...ha ha. Now, the kerala government can fund their honeymoon, as an act against 'fascism', maybe?
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          suresh
          Jul 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm
          Kodaikanal is in Tamilnadu.not in kerala
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            Rahul
            Jul 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm
            Where did I claim that this happened in Kodaikanal? This drama happened, as I mentioned above, happened around the time of voting in Manipur. That time, she was riding around in trains and visiting Attapady in Kerala. Move to Kodaikanal happened later on.