Wednesday, 9 May 2012

‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

An Indian woman who has spent the past 12 years on hunger strike in protest at a law giving special powers to the armed forces has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Irom Sharmila Chanu began fasting in November 2000 in the northeastern state of Manipur and has been force fed through a pipe in her nose.

She has been calling for the government to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

The government says the Act is required to combat lawlessness in the state but rights groups claim it has been used by police, paramilitary and army troops to commit scores of human rights violations.

The Ripley's website displayed a cartoon of the 40-year-old activist, describing her as “the iron lady of Manipur”.

Ms Chanu's action has made her an iconic figure in Manipur; a state with a population fo about 2.5 million people and large numbers of army, paramilitary and police troops who have been fighting a number of insurgent groups since 1980.

Ms Chanu's embarked on her hunger strike after soldiers from a paramilitary outfit allegedly killed 10 young men in November 2000.

She has been arrested many times and taken to hospital where she has been force-fed a liquid diet in a bid to keep her alive.

- UKAsian Staff

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