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Sun, 26 May 2019

Northeast Today

Irom Sharmila Gives Birth to Twins On Mother’s Day

Irom Sharmila Gives Birth to Twins On Mother’s Day
May 13
15:52 2019

NET Bureau

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila, also known as “Iron Lady of Manipur”, gave birth to twin girls on Sunday, which also marked “Mother’s Day”, at a hospital in Bengaluru.

The 44-year-old, who conducted a 16-year hunger strike demanding the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA in Manipur, married her long-time partnerDesmond Coutinho, a British national, in 2017.

Irom Sharmila broke her 16-year-long hunger strike, the world’s longest, on August 9, 2016 and said she wanted to become Manipur’s chief minister so that she could repeal the contentious AFSPA.

She then floated a political party – People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance – and fought the state elections in 2017. She fought from Thoubal constituency against three-time Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh but managed to get only 90 out of 27,271 votes polled.

Earlier this year, when she would asked if she contest the national elections, she had said politics wasn’t her “cup of tea”.

 

Source: NDTV

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