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Irom Sharmila in Delhi, to appear before court over her fast against AFSPA today

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Mar 04, 2013 at 08:12am IST

New Delhi: Social activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for about 12 years demanding repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), will be produced before a Delhi court on Monday.

The Patiala House Court had summoned her in relation to the attempt to suicide case against her.

On landing in Delhi, Irom reiterated that she wasn't trying to commit suicide but the fast was a valid political protest. "I don't want to commit suicide. I am protesting by non-violence at my best level...I am sure the government will listen to me and repeal AFSPA," she said.

Irom was charged under Section 309 when she brought her fast and protest against the AFSPA to Delhi 6 years ago. The social activist had then continued her fast and refused to take any medical intervention. Her deteriorating condition forced the Delhi Police to file charges against her and continue her force feeding at the AIIMS, before she was allowed to go back to Imphal.

Irom launched her fast unto death in 2000 after 10 civilians were killed by Assam Rifles personnel at Malom area near Imphal airport. She is currently lodged in a jail and is being fed through her nose at JNIMS Hospital in Imphal. The social activist has received several global awards and several prominent personalities from different parts of the country have visited her in support of her demands.

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