Irom Sharmila

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Irom Sharmila (left) cradles Thoi, a pair of guinea pigs she has adopted in confinement. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

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).

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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.


Her tube off, fast still on, Irom Sharmila is free

“I will continue my fast until AFSPA is repealed once and for all”, she said.

Far from Delhi

Irom Sharmila’s protest is legitimate. It cannot be criminalised or wished away.

Sharmila went on hunder strike in 2000, to pressure the central and state governments to lift AFSPA. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Irom Sharmila released, will Manipur government move HC now?

Question is if state government will come up with to ensure that she can be taken into custody again.

Irom Sharmila released from hospital detention

A civil rights activist, Irom has been force-fed through her nose for over a decade now.


Court orders release of Manipur activist Irom Sharmila

Sharmila has been on fast for past 13 years to demand withdrawal of AFSPA from Manipur.