Irom Sharmila: 15 years on since she began her fast against AFSPAhttps://indianexpress.com/photos/picture-gallery-others/irom-sharmila-15-years-on-since-her-fast-against-afspa/

Irom Sharmila: 15 years on since she began her fast against AFSPA

Irom Sharmila Chanu has refused both water and food for last fifteen years. The government continues to forcefeed her—and arrests her every year on the charge of attempt to suicide. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

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

Room No. 1, where Irom Sharmila Chanu has lived for 14 years. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

The Special Ward at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal, Manipur, is cut off from the swirl of chaos that is the life of a hospital. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

The many soft toys that her fiance, a British-Indian of Goan origin. sends her way give her joy. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

The newest addition to the menagerie is a brown bear. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

Letters from her family and fiance Coutinho, and the many soft toys that he sends her way give her joy. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

A poster of Irish birds of prey and the front page of the Irish Times, on the day Nelson Mandela died, are on the same wall as bright yellow Tweety bird stickers and hand-drawn cards. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

The walls of her room are plastered with posters people have gifted her. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

“I have a very busy mind. My thoughts keep me company, they keep me busy.’’ Says Irom Sharmila. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

Irom Singhajit, brother of Irom Sharmila who runs a trust for Sharmila. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)

Sharmila’s 84-year-old mother Irom Sakhi. (Source: Deepak Shijagurumayum)