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Manipur activist Irom Sharmila charged with attempted suicide, jailed for 15 days

Aug 22, 2014 08:16 PM IST India India

Imphal: Manipur activist Irom Sharmila was on Friday charged with attempted suicide and sent to 15-day judicial custody. Sharmila, who had refused to be examined by doctors upon her release on Wednesday, was taken away forcibly by police personnel from her protest site in Imphal.

Irom, who was freed on Wednesday, has been regularly arrested and released since she began her fast in 2000 against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which grants special powers to the armed forces in "disturbed areas".

Earlier this week, a Manipur court decriminalised her fast calling it a valid political protest and ordered her release.

Upon being set free, she had said she would not allow anyone to force-feed her and would continue her protest against the AFSPA.