India owes her daughter Irom Chanu Sharmila, almost 16 years of her life. She finally had food after 15 years and 9 months. She was on hunger strike since November 2000.
Her only demand against this hunger strike was to remove Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Unfortunately, AFSPA still exists.
Born in 1972, she completed her school education and joined a social work organisation, and later a human rights body. But when she was 28, the brutal massacre of 10 people at a bus stand in Malom by the Assam Rifles forced her to take a stand. Among the dead were a 62-year-old woman and an 18-year-old boy (who had been the recipient of a national bravery award). Many thought that massacre was in retaliation against a previous attack on the armed forces by some suspected militants.
All the Best Irom. The Country salutes you. We are with you.
What is AFSPA ?
Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), are Acts of the Parliament of India that grant special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in what each act terms “disturbed areas”.