Irom Sharmila has been on a hunger strike since November 2000, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).
This afternoon, however, the police produced her before the magistrate and remanded her back to police custody under section 309 of the IPC.
This is the second time in a year that Sharmila has been released.
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Sharmila has been taken back to her ward at the JNIMS to be force fed through her nose.
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Irom’s fight against what is perceived as a draconian law has made her more than just an icon.
“I will continue my fast until AFSPA is repealed once and for all”, she said.
Irom Sharmila’s protest is legitimate. It cannot be criminalised or wished away.
Question is if state government will come up with to ensure that she can be taken into custody again.
A civil rights activist, Irom has been force-fed through her nose for over a decade now.
Sharmila has been on fast for past 13 years to demand withdrawal of AFSPA from Manipur.