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Won't allow any force-feeding, says Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila

Aug 21, 2014 11:50 AM IST India India
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Imphal: Post her release based on the lack of evidence as cited by a Manipur court, Irom Sharmila has said that she will not allow any attempt to force-feed her.

"I will not take any force feed this time. I will not allow any medical set up. I don't feel hungry. What I feel is an emptiness," Sharmila said.

Irom Sharmila was released from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science of Imphal on Wednesday evening.

On Tuesday the court observed that an intent to commit suicide cannot be established in the case against her and she cannot be kept under arrest. The Manipur government is free to challenge the order in a higher court.

Sharmila has been on an indefinite fast since November 4, 2000, demanding repulsion of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 (AFSPA). She was charged with attempting to commit suicide. Under this charge, she can be kept in custody for one year at a stretch.

After release from the hospital, the Manipuri activist while talking to media appealed to people for mass support against AFSPA which she feels is a draconian law. Reiterating her demands she said her fast will continue her fast till her demands are addressed.

"I think certain parts of section 309 has been decriminalised which is an achievement. I feel satisfied. I hope my perseverance against AFSPA will not go unnoticed. Whether people will support me or not I will wait for the government to take AFSPA back. Sooner or later, I will succeed. I have full faith in god," Sharmila said.