10 August 2016 Current Affairs: The Iron Lady of Manipur Irom Chanu Sharmila (44) ended her 16-year-long hunger strike for repealing of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) of 1958 from Manipur. After ending her16-year-long hunger strike, she announced that she wants bring some positive changes in the state by actively participating in politics and contesting elections.
Irom Chanu Sharmila Born on 14 March 1972 in Imphal, Manipur. She is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet. She is famously known as the Iron Lady of Manipur and also as Mengoubi (the fair one).
She had started hunger-strike at the age of 28 following a massacre in Malom, Imphal in which innocent 10 persons were killed by the Assam Rifles in November 2000.
Her main demand was for repealing Armed AFSPA, 1958 from her state which provided immunity to armed forces with regard to their actions. Since November 2000, Sharmila was forcefully fed through nasal tube.
She is the world’s longest hunger striker, as she had refused food and water for more than 500 weeks. Awards and Honours: Gwangju Prize for Human Rights (2007), Mayillama Award (2009), lifetime achievement award (2010) from the Asian Human Rights Commission, Rabindranath Tagore Peace Prize (2010) etc.