Indian court orders release of woman on hunger strike for 14 years | World news | theguardian.com
An Indian court has ordered the release of a woman who has staged a 14-year hunger strike in protest at human rights abuses in the country’s remote north-east, her lawyer has said.
“The court has set her free,” said Mani Khaidem of Irom Sharmila, who was arrested shortly after beginning her protest.
Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her unwavering and non-violent protest, has refused food and water for almost 14 years to draw attention to abuses allegedly committed by the military.
She began her fast in November 2000 after witnessing the killing of 10 people by the army at a bus stop near her home in north-eastern Manipur, which is subject to the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act.