Manipur activist Irom Sharmila the “Iron Lady” of Manipur who has been an international icon for her crusade against the controversial Armed Forces (Special Power) Act AFSPA since 2000 has put an end to her fast now. But unfortunately she receives a negative response from the people of Manipur itself. It is shocking to see this response from the people who actually supported her strongly throughout this 16 year long struggle, though her decision of entering politics remains the same to repel the draconian law and her fight will still continue for the people. Hence National Women’s Front appreciates the initiative taken by this icon Irom Sharmila to end her 16 long year fast which is the first longest hunger strike to enter politics through which we hope she brings about a positive difference to the people of Manipur.Hoping that people do as well accept her decision and support her in this cause like they always have been doing .
National Women’s Front and other minorities groups have showed a continuous support throughout her journey. We appreciate the support from Human Rights Activist and individuals like Renuka Shahane , who also came to her support.