Indian Court drops All Charges against Human Rights Icon Irom Sharmila

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The world’s longest hungry striker Irom Chanu Sharmila has been acquitted of charges filed against her for an attempt to commit suicide. The Uripok Cheirap Court read out its final verdict (Section 309) in Imphal today.

“Now that I’m a free woman, I’ll convene a new political party on 10th October to fight the upcoming election in Manipur,” the Human Rights activist told reporters and her supporters outside the courtroom.

Sharmila, who has been on an indefinite fast since Nov 4, 2000, demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, (AFSPA) gave up her protest against state violence in August but pledged to continue the fight in the political arena.

Her social campaign group Sharmila4Change, which is formed by committed citizens from all walks of life is raising donations for her political campaigns to fight against AFSPA. To get involved, contact Sharmila4Change on Facebook for more details!

Thousands of  students huddled together to hear Irom Chanu Sharmila speak on the topic “Fighting State Repression: Continuing Democratic Struggles Against AFSPA” at JNU, New Delhi on October 2.

Watch the speech of Irom Sharmila – an iconic figure for the human rights movement in India


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