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Irom Sharmila ends fast: ‘Take a break, eat, pray, love. Rise back stronger’

Manipur’s Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila broke her 16-year long fast Tuesday and reiterated her decision to contest in the upcoming state assembly elections. The 44-year-old activist, demanding repeal of the controversial AFSPA, ended her fast immediately after attending a hearing in the District and Sessions court in Imphal. Acknowledging that not everyone is behind her […]

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 9, 2016 5:16:04 pm
Irom Sharmila addresses a press conference after a court appearance in Imphal, in the north-eastern state of Manipur, India, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The 44-year-old activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest against alleged brutality by India's military, broke her fast on Tuesday, Aug. 2016. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) Irom Sharmila addresses a press conference after a court appearance in Imphal, in the north-eastern state of Manipur, India, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The 44-year-old activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest against alleged brutality by India’s military, broke her fast on Tuesday, Aug. 2016. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Manipur’s Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila broke her 16-year long fast Tuesday and reiterated her decision to contest in the upcoming state assembly elections. The 44-year-old activist, demanding repeal of the controversial AFSPA, ended her fast immediately after attending a hearing in the District and Sessions court in Imphal. Acknowledging that not everyone is behind her decision to end the fast, Sharmila proclaimed that she is the embodiment of revolution and swore to become chief minister.

“People remain negative towards me about my new decision (to end the fast, to contest the polls and to get married), they want to think about me with the tube. I want to change that,” she said. “I want to be seen just as a human being with feelings, not as a goddess.”

Breaking down into tears, a defiant Sharmila told reporters that by entering politics, she will push for a positive change in society, starting with fighting for the repeal of the AFSPA Act, which shields the Army from legal proceedings and gives them unprecedented powers.

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