We all know the name Irom Chanu Sharmila who is the great Manipuri activist on civil rights. She is better known as the Iron Lady of Manipur. This lady activist was born on 14th March, 1972. She has become famous for her 16 years fasting as a protest against the mass military atrocities in Manipur. This is the longest hunger strike in the world. She was confined many years in a room of governmental hospital and was forced to have liquid food through nasal path. Again there is breaking news about this iron lady. She would be ending up her fast on coming 9th August this year to contest in the next election of Manipur.
Irom Sharmila and Politics
Previously Irom Sharmila was asked to join the politics. In 2014 two parties asked her to contest in the national election, but she refused the proposal. After that she also denied to put her vote from jail because it is unconstitutional. After long 14 years of detention in jail, the court ordered to release her. However, she again was arrested after just three days of the court order on similar charges. Then she was taken for custody for 15 days. She was declared as the prisoner of conscience. Let’s take a glance on why she started her protest.
Irom Sharmila was then 27 when she started her fasting in the year of 2000. The AFSPA or the Armed Forces Special Powers Act gave the army emergency rule in the northeastern state. Just before starting her protest 10 people including two children were killed by the personnel of the Assam Rifles and that is why she started her protest to repeal the act.
Contest for Election
Now she wants to make an end to her fast and to contest for the next election in 2017 as an independent candidate. She wants to enter the governance to change it. She would break her fast in the month of August this year after long 16 years. Salute for the Iron Lady. On International Women’s Day, 2014 she was voted the top woman icon of India by MSN Poll.
New Move in Personal Life
Beside her decision to take part in coming Manipur Elaection, Irom Sharmila has informed about her marriage. Irom Sharmila has been involved with Goan born British citizen Desmond Coutinho for the last few years.