Irom Sharmila to end fast after 16 Years; says she wants to contest elections


Civil rights activist Irom Sharmila announced on Tuesday that she will break her 15-year-long fast against the withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

“I will break my fast as the Govt has failed to give any positive response,” Irom told agencies adding that she would now fight the upcoming state elections to resolve the issues. The elections for the Manipur Legislative Assembly are scheduled to happen in early 2017.

The news channel also reported that Sharmila will contest elections in Manipur, which will be held in 2017.

Multiple reports said that Irom Sharmila will break her fast on August 9. Sharmila has been on a fast for about 15 years, seeking repeal of the AFSPA. The court on 4 March, 2013, framed charges against Sharmila for attempting to commit suicide in Delhi, and put her on trial after she refused to plead guilty to the offence.