In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, Irom Sharmila, center, walks out of a security ward after her release in Porompal district, in Imphal, India. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj, File)
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A 44-year-old activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military said Tuesday that she will end her fast and run in state elections.Sharmila has not eaten any food voluntarily since Nov. 5, 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. Three days earlier, 10 civilians were killed by paramilitary troops in Malom, a small town on the outskirts of Imphal, the Manipur state capital.Three days after she started her hunger strike, she was arrested on charges of attempting suicide -- a crime in India -- and prison officials at a government hospital in Manipur have since force fed her through a tube in her nose.
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