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Irom Sharmila ends 16-year fast (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II, Topic: AFSPA, Manipur Politics)

End of fast
Ending her 16-year fast when she took a few drops of honey, Irom Chanu Sharmila could not hold back her tears. A few moments later the frail woman, who had been force-fed all these years, regained composure and announced that she wants to be the Chief Minister of Manipur, some day.

Why Irom Sharmila says she wants to be Chief Minister?
“There is no democracy in Manipur. I want to be Chief Minister of Manipur and make positive changes,” she said calmly.

The moment marked a historic transformation of Irom Shamila from a global icon of protest and the most recognisable face of resistance in the conflict-ridden State into a political leader.

Ms. Sharmila ended her fast exactly a month after the Supreme Court judgment questioned the immunity enjoyed by the security personnel under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) against criminal action for acts committed in disturbed areas. The apex court had said last month that there was no concept of “absolute immunity” from trial by a criminal court if an Army man had committed an offence.

Ms. Sharmila started her fast at the age of 28 following a massacre in Imphal in which 10 persons were killed allegedly by security forces. She has been demanding repeal of the draconian AFSPA.



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