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.
The suicide charge allowed authorities to hold her for up to a year, leading to what activists called a "farcical cycle" in which she was released about every 364 days only to be quickly rearrested. But last month, the government said it would decriminalize suicide attempts, which have been rising in much of the country.
Special correspondent Parth M.N. reported from Mumbai and staff writer Bengali from Jaipur, India.