Irom Sharmila apologises for fiancé’s ‘misconduct’, to marry after Manipur polls

In the past few days,Sharmila’s fiancé Desmond Coutinho spewed venom against her supporters on social network sites.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 18, 2017 07:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
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Rights activist Irom Sharmila (first from left) is contesting Manipur assembly election as a candidate of her newly-formed party PRJA.(Rahul Karmakar / HT Photo )

Rights activist Irom Sharmila, contesting the Thoubal assembly seat as a candidate of her newly-formed party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), has apologised to her supporters for the “misconduct” of her fiancé, who she plans to marry after the assembly elections in Manipur.

Sharmila had, during her 15-year fast against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, said she had fallen in love with Desmond Coutinho, a Goa-origin UK resident. In the past few days, Coutinho spewed venom against Sharmila’s supporters on social network sites.

On Thursday night, Sharmila issued a signed statement apologising for Coutinho’s “abusive conduct” and use of “unparliamentarily words” to describe her supporters, including her new associates of PRJA.

While apologising, she lamented that some of her Manipur-based well-wishers had asked Coutinho to dissuade her from being in electoral politics. “This is in poor taste, and no one can make me change my mind when I am committed to something,” she said.

Sharmila, 44, said Coutinho feared for his life as he has suffered a heart attack thrice. “He is nearly 10 years older than me and in poor health. I wish to marry him once the elections are over,” she said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2017 07:43 IST