Published On: Tue, Aug 9th, 2016

Sudarsan Pattnaik salutes decision of Irom Sharmila to end her 16-year-old fast

sandPuri: Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik salutes decision of Irom Sharmila to end her 16-year-old fast today.
The 44-year-old iconic rights activist, who was forcibly fed through a nasal tube since 2000 to keep her alive at a prison-turned-hospital, will break her fast at a local court in Imphal. A large number of her supporters and women activists under the forum of Sharmila Kunba Lup will be meeting her as she starts her new journey.
On November 2, 2000, an Assam Rifles battalion had allegedly killed 10 civilians in a village near Imphal. Three days later, Ms Sharmila embarked on her fast demanding revocation of AFSPA. Sharmila, who was 28 at the time of Malom Massacre, began to fast in protest.Her primary demand to the Indian government has been the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). She began her fast in Malom on 5 November, and vowed not to eat, drink, comb her hair or look in a mirror until AFSPA was repealed.

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