Indian rights activist Irom Sharmila talks to media after appearing before a District and Sessions Judge at Imphal West court in Imphal on August 9, 2016. / AFP / Biju BORO
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India's 'Iron Lady' ends hunger strike to enter politicsAn Indian rights activist who has waged what is thought to be the world's longest hunger strike ended her 16-year fast Tuesday after vowing to continue her struggle by standing for election in her home state.Irom Sharmila, dubbed the "Iron Lady of Manipur" for her unwavering protest against alleged rights abuses by security forces in the insurgency-hit northeast Indian state, was released on bail after she promised a court she would end her fast.Irom is campaigning for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which covers large parts of the northeast and the restive state of Kashmir.
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