Irom Sharmila, the civil rights activist who sat on a hunger strike for 16 long years demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Manipur, married her long-time partner Desmond Coutinho in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Sharmila married Coutinho, a British citizen, under the Special Marriage Act at the sub-registrar’s office in Kodaikanal. Families of the couple were not present at the ceremony. Since their communion was inter-religious, the couple had to get married under the Special Marriage Act. A memorandum supporting the marriage was submitted by a tribal community to the sub-registrar.
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