Indian court orders release of 14-year hunger striker

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Indian court orders release of 14-year hunger strikerAn Indian Tuesday ordered release a who has staged a 14-year hunger strike in at human rights abuses in country’ remote northeast, her lawyer said.

has set her free,” lawyer Mani Khaidem said Irom Sharmila, who was arrested shortly after beginning her .

Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady Manipur for her unwavering and non-violent , has refused food and for almost 14 years draw attention abuses allegedly committed by the military.

She began her fast in November 2000 after witnessing the killing of 10 by the army at a bus near her home in northeastern Manipur, which is subject the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act.[eap_ad_2]

She was arrested charges of attempted suicide and was sent a hospital where she was force-fed via a nasal drip several times a day.

Babloo Loitangbam, a human rights activist in the northeast who is close to Sharmila, said the had accepted that the charge was sustainable.

“There has been a consistent position where activists have been saying that Sharmila is taking her life, she is making a political point which is to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act,” he told the NDTV network.

Sharmila also faces similar charges in the capital New Delhi where she has staged a hunger-strike in the past.

The act, which covers large parts of northeastern India and the restive of Kashmir, Indian forces sweeping powers to search, enter property and shoot--sight and is seen by critics as cover for human rights abuses.