‘My protest is not a suicide attempt’
Irom Sharmila, who arrived in Delhi on Sunday, compared her state Manipur with Jammu and Kashmir and praised Omar Abdullah for standing up for his people.
She said while Abdullah attacked the Indian government over the hanging of Afzal Guru, her own state’s chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh, remains silent on the issue of the alleged atrocities committed in the name of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Sharmila, however, expressed confidence that the controversial law will be repealed through a sustained fight.
She is in the Capital to appear in the Patiala Court on Monday on charges of attempt to suicide.
“My protest is not an attempt to suicide but a means to demonstrate without violence. In Manipur, due to AFSPA, violence has become the means of administration. The Indian government must repeal it,” she said.
Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for the past 12 years, sought an end to her judicial remand. The Iron Lady of Manipur also questioned the government’s silence over AFSPA and said, “The government is afraid of the Army.”
Sharmila, who is staying at the Manipur Bir Tikendrajit House in Chanakyapuri, spoke to reporters from behind the entrance gate as security did not allow her to interact freely.