A local court on Thursday rejected ‘attempt to suicide’ charges against rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila and ordered her immediate release from custody.
Sharmila has been on an indefinite fast since November 2000 demanding the repeal of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur.
Soon after being released from hospital, where she was being force-fed through her nose, Sharmila went to the heart of Imphal town and resumed her fast.
“I will continue the struggle till the demand is fulfilled,” she said.
Sharmila has been arrested, released and re-arrested several times since 2000 on the charge of attempting to commit suicide.
The central government last month indicated that it had decided to repeal Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code that makes attempting to commit suicide an offence punishable with imprisonment for up to one year.