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Irom Sharmila acquitted in suicide bid case

Sharmila, 42, later said she would continue her struggle. “My struggle will continue till the time AFPSA is repealed. It does not matter whether I am released from jail or not,” she said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 31, 2016 2:03:24 am
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The Delhi trial court on Wednesday acquitted rights activist Irom Sharmila, who faced charges of attempting to commit suicide during a fast-unto-death in the Capital in 2006 while demanding scrapping of AFSPA in Manipur.

Sharmila, 42, later said she would continue her struggle. “My struggle will continue till the time AFPSA is repealed. It does not matter whether I am released from jail or not,” she said.

Sharmila, who has been on a fast for the last 16 years, had earlier told the court that police had violated her fundamental rights and implicated her in a false case. “I have been demanding that AFSPA be repealed or lifted from Manipur as it has caused immense hardship to the common man of Manipur. Thousands of innocent people have been killed, hundreds of rapes have taken place… No action has been taken under the garb of AFSPA,” Sharmila had told the court.

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