Irom Sharmila, center, walks out of a security ward after her release in Porompal district, in Imphal, India Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)
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India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her brother said Thursday.Irom Sharmila, 42, has not eaten a single morsel of food voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. She was arrested three days later on charges of attempting suicide -- a crime in India -- and prison officials have force fed her through a tube in her nose.In its order, the court said that Sharmila was not fasting to kill herself but to protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. During her years in incarceration, Sharmila was kept in a government hospital in Imphal and by law was released once a year to see if she would start eating.
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