NEW DELHI: An Indian activist who has been on hunger strike for over 13 years said on Wednesday she was pinning her hopes of finally leading a normal life on new Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Irom Sharmila, 42, who is force-fed by a drip through her nose, said she wanted to meet Modi in hopes of ending the militaryâ€™s alleged human rights abuses in her northeastern home state of Manipur.
Escorted by more than a dozen police officers, Sharmila appeared in a court in New Delhi in connection with long-running charges against her of attempting to commit suicide, a crime in India.
Sharmila told a judge that she wanted a â€œsettled life as others doâ€ but would not break her fast until a controversial law that covers large parts of restive northeastern India and Kashmir was repealed.â€”AFP
First Published in Dawn, May 29th, 2014