India Charges Woman on 12-year Hunger Strike with Attempted Suicide

Irom Sharmila was recently charged with attempted suicide in India, arising “from a 2006 protest she attended in New Delhi.”  Ms. Sharmila has been on a hunger strike for the last 12 years, in protest of an Indian law that allows troops to shoot and kill suspected rebels and authorizes warrantless arrests of suspected militants in conflict areas.  Ms. Sharmila has not voluntarily eaten since November of 2000, however she has been subjected to mandatory nasogastric feeding since three days after beginning her hunger strike.    If convicted of attempted suicide, she could serve up to one year in prison.  Read more here.

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