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Civil rights activist Irom Sharmila ended her 16-year hunger strike

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    Irom Sharmila during a press conference

    The 44-year-old activist, who has been force fed for the duration of her protest, announced the end of her hunger strike

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    Irom Sharmila licks honey from her hand to break her fast

    one of the longest-running anywhere–at a hearing in a local court in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, according to a statement from Amnesty International India.

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    Irom Sharmila talking to the media at court complex in Imphal

    "I am ending my fast today. I want to try a different agitation now,” the rights body quoted Ms. Irom as saying in the court.

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    raise the issue of the removal of the law from the state through a democratic process.

    Two weeks ago, Ms. Irom told the court and the media in Imphal that she would give up her fast in order to contest state elections as an independent candidate

  • Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, Sharmila, afspa, 16 years Fast
    Sharmila ended her fast after being on fast for nearly 16 years

    For more than 15 years, Ms. Irom had been detained in a hospital in Imphal where she was force-fed through a tube in her nose under a law that prohibits suicide.

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