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Court verdict catches Irom unaware.

IROM Sharmila -- The Iron Lady-- acquitted after a 10- year- long legal battle in a case of attempt to suicide couldn't realise that she has been let off by the court on Wednesday.

With nasal tube attached, Sharmila appeared for the hearing for allegedly trying to commit suicide while undertaking fastunto- death at Jantar Mantar in 2006. The protest was held to demand scrapping of AFSPA in Manipur.

" My client initially thought that she is being asked to give surety for her good conduct, but later she was explained the order," said VK Ohri, Sharmila's counsel.

Her supporters who were in the court room rejoiced as the verdict came as a surprise to them. After the judgment, 42- year- old Sharmila who has been on fast for the last 16 years demanding roll back of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act ( AFSPA) in Manipur, said her struggle would continue till her demands are met. " My struggle will continue till the time AFPSA is repealed. It does not matter whether I am released from the jail or not," she said.

When the court asked her to furnish personal bond, she refused and said that she is following the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi.

Desptie being explained the purpose of furnishing Police escort Irom Sharmila out of the Patiala House court on Wednesday.

Irom Sharmila aquitted of suicide charge


The judge extended her previous bonds for another six months as she is still in the judicial custody in other cases and her presence could be secured before the appellate court, in case the present order is challenged.

Irom Sharmila was accompanied by her supporters while leaving the court premises who sloganeered revoking of AFSPA. Sharmila was put on trial on March 4, 2013, for allegedly trying to commit suicide while undertaking fast- unto- death at Jantar Mantar on October 4, 2006. She had earlier told the court that she was ready to end her fast if the controversial AFSPA was repealed.

Sharmila, who is fed through nasal tube, was put on trial after she refused to plead guilty to the charge of attempting to commit suicide ( Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code).

During the final arguments on Tuesday, the police had contended that Sharmila had the intention to kill herself and offence of trying to commit suicide was clearly made out against her.

Says fight to continue till AFSPA is repealed

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Date:Mar 31, 2016
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