Indian rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila has ended her 16-year long hunger strike on August 9. A various international media has said that Sharmila who began her hunger strike to protest against a draconian security law- the Armed Forces Special Power Act has finally ended up her strike.
The 44-year-old Sharmila who is a resident of conflict inflicted north-eastern state of Manipur has announced to end her strike by presenting in front of the court. She was released from the custody and the court has ordered to release her in bail amount of Rs 10,000.
She had already announced on July 26 to end her strike. She said that she has plans to run in the next Manipur state elections, in early 2017 to address the issues that were raised by her.
She started the hunger strike in November 2000 after Malom massacre in a small village in which 10 people were killed by the Asam Rifles.