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India court orders activist on 14-year hunger strike freed
India court orders activist on 14-year hunger strike freed

An Indian activist who has been on hunger strike for more than 14 years in protest of alleged military brutality was released Thursday after a court rejected charges that her fast was a suicide attempt. Irom Sharmila, who has demanded the repeal of a law that grants soldiers broad powers in the country’s restive northeast, began her hunger strike in November 2000. The 42-year-old woman known as “Iron Lady” was arrested shortly thereafter on charges of attempted suicide. At a prison in Imphal, capital of the northeastern state of Manipur, she was force-fed three times a day through tubes in her nose. The suicide charge allowed authorities to hold her for up to a...

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