The Iron lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila has finally been set free. A district court in Manipur on Wednesday acquitted rights activist Irom Sharmila in an attempted suicide case. ‘Iron Lady’ announced that she would launch her political party this month.
Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal West Lamkhanpao Tonsing acquitted her of the charges under IPC section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) as she was on an indefinite hunger strike.
Irom Sharmila was on a hunger strike for 16 years, demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Manipur and was force-fed during this period.
The 44-year-old activist was released on bail by the same Chief Judicial Magistrate after she signed a Personal Recognition (PR) Bond on August 9.
Irom Sharmila said that she will contest the Manipur Assembly election due for early next year.She had declared in August that she wanted to become the chief minister so that she could repeal the contentious AFSPA in the state.
Irom Sharmila’s Views on Her Political Party
On being further asked whether the new party of hers will be known only as a political party against AFSPA, the iron lady softly said, ‘The new party will be mass based and one which is founded on justice, peace, love and understanding. It will prioritise on building bridges of understanding and actively culture the voice of the people.’