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Activist Irom Sharmila to take up cause of Kashmiri women

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Civil rights activist Irom today announced that she will go to to work for women empowerment there.

The activist also said she would no longer resort to 'indefinite fast' as an

shot to fame after launching an indefinite fast in 2000 demanding withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from She ended her fast on August 9, 2016.

She was here with her husband to visit Pune-based NGO Sarhad, which works for rehabilitation of Kashmiri children.

Sarhad announced as its brand on this occasion.

"I am not against the I am against the system. I will be going to and will have a dialogue with Kashmiri women to know about their issues, sufferings," she said.

"I will put emphasis on dialogue and will not use the tactic of fasting anymore," she said.

Asked if she would talk to the Centre or the state government to raise the issues of Kashmiri women, Sharmila said she won't approach any government, but meet the people of Valley with a hope that the government will be moved by the people's movement.

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First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 22:55 IST