New Delhi: Activist Irom Charu Sharmila, who had long been on a hunger fast against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, on Tuesday surprised people with her announcement that she will end her fast on August 9, the next date of her court hearing.
Irom Sharmila, who has been fasting since 2000 against AFSPA also said that she would contest state elections from Manipur.
Sharmila while addressing the media said, "I will break my fast as the government has failed to give any positive response... I will fight elections to resolve the issues."
Sharmila, 44, also known as the 'Iron Lady' of Manipur spent years fasting. She was force fed through nasal tubes and was also arrested multiple times.
Sharmila began her non-violent protest in November 2000 after 10 people were killed by troops of the Assam Rifles near a bus stop at Malom, in the outskirt of Imphal.