Armed Forces Special Powers Act

  • Manipur activist Irom Sharmila arrested yet again while protesting against AFSPA August 22, 2014

    Imphal: Manipur activist Irom Sharmila has yet again been arrested while she was protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Imphal. When the police arrived at the protest venue on Friday morning, Irom and her mother resisted arrest, following which the police forcibly picked her up and took...
  • Manipur: Irom Sharmila and her mother resist arrest as police arrive at the protest site August 22, 2014

    Imphal: The police in Imphal arrived at Manipur activist Irom Sharmila's protest venue to arrest her on Friday morning. However, Irom and her mother have been defiant and have been resisting arrest. Irom Sharmila is continuing her protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur. Soon after her release,...
  • Irom Sharmila likely to be detained today, heavy police presence at her protest site August 22, 2014

    Imphal: Activist Irom Sharmila is continuing her protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur. Soon after her release, Irom refused a medical examination. There is heavy police presence at the protest site in Imphal where she is continuing her hunger strike. She is likely to be...
  • Imphal: Irom Sharmila set free, asks for mass support against AFSPA August 20, 2014

    Imphal: Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila, who is on indefinite fast for repeal AFSPA in Manipur, has been released from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science of Imphal on Wednesday evening. A Manipur Court on Tuesday had ordered Sharmila's release citing lack of evidence on attempted suicide charges. The court had...
  • Irom Sharmila's fast against AFSPA will continue after her release, says her brother August 20, 2014

    Guwahati: Manipur activist Irom Sharmila's brother has said that she will continue her 14-year-long fast against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. This comes a day after she was acquitted of attempted suicide. "Yesterday, just after hearing the news of Sharmila's release from the court, we were very happy because at...
  • Manipur Court orders release of Irom Sharmila, says no proof against her in attempted suicide case August 19, 2014

    Imphal: In a big relief for activist Irom Sharmila, a Manipur Court has ordered her release citing lack of evidence on attempted suicide charges. The court has said that she should be released immediately. Though according to sources, it will take at least two days to complete the formalities of...
  • Problem cannot be solved using force against people: Rahul on AFSPA February 26, 2014

    Guwahati: Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the Manipur situation would be resolved soon, however, he was non-committal on Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Rahul who was interacting with Assam students also said that problem cannot be solved by using force against the people. "You cannot solve problems by...
  • Omar pitches for revocation of AFSPA, says Chidambaram had same view February 24, 2014

    Srinagar: Stating that the revocation of AFSPA would be an indication of peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday asserted that the gradual revocation of the controversial Act will begin in his present tenure. "Gradual revocation of AFSPA will begin in the present tenure of my government....
  • AFSPA lets the forces get away with war crimes: Sudeep Chakravarti May 23, 2013

    The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act is in place in Manipur for the last 55 years. While the forces claim it is impossible to improve the security situation without it, its frequent abuse has led to the death and disappearance of many youths, it has led to rape of...
  • Controversial AFSPA completes 55 years despite protests for its removal May 23, 2013

    Imphal: It has been 55 years since the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was first introduced. The longest demonstration against it has been on in Manipur with Irom Sharmila on a fast for over 12 years now. This April, Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations envoy on Violence Against Women...
  • Charges against me are baseless: Irom Sharmila March 4, 2013

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Irom Sharmila said that she loved life and was only using fast as a means of protest. ...
  • Irom to appear before court over her fast against AFSPA March 4, 2013

    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...
  • Manipur: Govt remains mute spectator to anti-AFSPA protests February 4, 2013

    Imphal: In July 2004, a group of 12 women disrobed in front of the Kangla Fort in Imphal, holding up a banner that said, 'Indian Army Rape Us'. They were protesting against the rape and murder of Thangjam Manorama allegedly by security forces. Manorama was picked up from her house...
  • Justice Verma Committee seeks review of AFSPA January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: The three-member Justice Verma Committee on Wednesday sought review of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) - a suggestion that may be welcomed by social groups and activists who have been demanding abolition or amendment of the act. The act allows an officer of the armed forces...
  • Manipur: Rapes, murders and AFSPA January 16, 2013

    New Delhi: In July 2004, a group of 12 women disrobed in front of the Kangla Fort in Imphal, holding up a banner that said, 'Indian Army rape us'. They were protesting the rape and murder of Thangjam Manorama, allegedly by security forces. Manorama was picked up from her...
  • 2004 Manipur rape-murder: No action against armed forces yet January 15, 2013

    Imphal: The 2004 rape and murder of Manorama in Manipur had shocked the nation and put the spotlight on the abuse of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. In July 2004, a group of 12 women disrobed in front of the Kangla Fort in Imphal held up banners that said...
  • AFSPA shouldn't be diluted in J&K: Army Chief January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday defended the Arms Forces Special Powers Act for soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, an act which has been under attack by activists and human rights activists. He said the dilution of AFSPA was not required. "AFSPA has been given to soldiers...
  • Disturbed area status extended in Manipur December 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Manipur Cabinet has extended the 'disturbed area' status of the state for one more year till 30 November next year to allow security forces to operate and aid civil administration in flushing out insurgents by imposing Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state. The decision to extend...
  • Has India abandoned Irom Sharmila, Iron Lady of Manipur? November 5, 2012

    Irom Sharmila, Manipur's 'Iron Lady', on Monday completed 12 years of protest demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). ...
  • Irom Sharmila's fast enters the 12th year November 5, 2012

    She is protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. ...
  • Irom Sharmila completes 12 years of protest November 5, 2012

    Imphal: Irom Sharmila, Manipur's 'Iron Lady', on Monday completed 12 years of protest demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). On an indefinite fast, Sharmila, who is force-fed through the nose to keep her alive began her fast till death after ten persons, including a boy who...
  • AFSPA is not to protect acts of crime: Omar February 7, 2012

    Jammu: Citing the Supreme Court's recent observation, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who has been pitching for partial revocation of Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state, on Tuesday said the statute was not aimed at protecting acts of crime. "AFSPA is for legitimate protection and not...
  • AFSPA issue in J&K under MHA purview: Army Chief October 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Amid reports that the Army is opposed to withdrawal of controversial AFSPA from some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General VK Singh on Thursday said the issue is under the purview of the Home Ministry. He said the Army has already given its inputs on the...
  • Army opposes AFSPA removal from J&K October 23, 2011

    New Delhi: The Indian Army is against removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Kashmir, saying that there is no let-up in infiltration bids. According to sources, Army has taken up AFSPA issue with Cabinet Secretary, claiming that there is no let up in infiltration from across...
  • I am trying to revisit AFSPA: P Chidambaram September 1, 2011

    New Delhi: A fresh attempt is being made to build consensus within the Government to amend the controversial Armed Forces Special (Powers) Act (AFSPA), Home Minister P Chidambaram indicated on Thursday. "I am trying to revisit AFSPA but as you know one needs to build a consensus within the government before...
  • Anna becomes an icon, Irom Sharmila forgotten September 7, 2011

    New Delhi: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare's 13-day fast might have attracted thousands and captured the imagination of an entire nation, but in sharp and dismaying contrast is the iconic struggle of Irom Sharmila in Manipur. She has been on a fast for over a decade, without food and water. Her brother...
  • Spot the difference: Hazare vs Irom Sharmila September 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Irom Sharmila Chanu and Anna Hazare have one thing in common – the ability to fast indefinitely for what they perceive is right. But the similarities end there. She has been on a political fast for 11 years but her silent resilience moves you when you realize the sheer...
  • Need to win hearts and minds in Kashmir: govt August 6, 2010

    New Delhi: Observing that it wanted to "win the hearts and minds" of the people of Kashmir, the government on Friday said it would resume dialogue and asked the separatists, including hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to join it. Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, whose Hurriyat group has...
  • Hated security law AFSPA stays, says Antony December 18, 2009

    New Delhi: Defence minister A K Antony on Friday stated categorically that the armed forces require special powers to counter terrorism and insurgency in Jammu and Kasmir and the northeast. "As long as their (armed forces) presence is necessary, they need special provisions. They cannot function without special powers," Antony told...
  • Manipuris caught between state and militants September 6, 2009

    There are over 30 militant outfits operating in Manipur, most extorting money from civilians. A retired judge has 12 probe reports indicting security forces for staging encounters and killing civilians. The ordinary Manipuri is trapped between the militants and the state. ...