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PTI / The Hindu / IMPHAL, August 31, 2011.
Irom Sharmila, who has been on a decade-long hunger strike demanding the repeal of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, gestures as she comes out after a court hearing in Imphal, on Tuesday - AP.
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has been urged to support the demand for repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, by Manipuri social activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on an indefinite fast on the issue for nearly 11 years now.
Hoping that Mr. Hazare would visit Imphal to support her struggle, Ms. Sharmila, ‘Iron lady of Manipur’ said the Gandhian could achieve his goal because of the support of the people.
“I will ultimately become triumphant in my struggle as, I believe, God will certainly find ways to fulfill my dreams,” the 37-year-old Sharmila, who has been force-fed through a nasal drip for a decade by the authorities, told reporters in Imphal.
She was sent to a hospital ward on Tuesday which has been converted to a jail for her after she was produced before a court that extended her judicial remand for 15 days.
She is produced in court every 15 days for extension of her judicial remand for being force-fed.
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