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Human Rights Activist Irom Sharmila to end 16 years old Hunger Strike; AFSPA not repealed yet

The 16 year old fast by social activist Irom Sharmila demanding to repeal against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will come to an end on Tuesday. Proceedings are underway at Imphal court as she was under judicial custody.

The 42-year-old Human rights activist has been on a hunger strike since November 2000. Her hunger strike started with a protest against the death of 10 Manipuris who were shot dead by the Assam Rifles in Imphal. During these 16 years she was arrested and released from jail several times under Section 309 for attempted suicide.

Recently, when she announced that she would end the hunger strike and contest election for her campaign against AFSPA, many political parties have opened its doors for her including BJP, Congress and AAP.

Despite repeated calls to withdraw the AFSPA from UN experts as well as national and international groups, the Act continues to be enforced.

However, others who had been protesting on the same lines for repealing AFSPA in the state are not much happy with her decision. They say it’s her decision to end hunger strike but they would continue to fight against the Draconian law.

There were unconfirmed reports that Irom’s mother was also not happy with her decision and most likely she would not be present when she will end the hunger strike.