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India’s “Iron Lady” Irom Chanu Sharmila to end 16-year fast

Indian activist Irom Chanu Sharmila says she will end her 16-year fast to protest against state violence in Manipur. Known as India’s “Iron Lady”, the 44-year-old campaigner started the hunger strike in November 2000 to protest against the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers act, which grants the military unchecked power to use force in disturbed areas to quash an insurgency.

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