Irom Sharmila Chanu, an Indian activist has finally ended 16 year Hunger strike against a controversial law in the country.
It was earlier reported that she will end her protest on 9th August and begin campaigning in elections as an Independent candidate.
Yesterday, The Court in Manipur state has granted her bail and asked her to reappear on 23 June.
Irom has signed a personal bail bond. She is expected to be released from her judicial custody after bail procedures are complete.
She tasted honey to symbolically break her fast in front of journalists in the hospital.
She had spent most of the last 16 years in judicial custody in a hospital in Manipur’s capital, Imphal. And has been force-fed through a tube in her nose for more than a decade.
Irom Sharmila Chanu has been protesting against AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) which gives armed forces power to arrest without warrant or even shoot in certain situations.
AFSPA is in effect in Indian states of Manipur (Home state to Ms. Chanu) and Indian administered Kashmir.
Her protest has won her worldwide recognition, with Amnesty International describing her as a prisoner of conscience. Where prisoner of conscience are the people who have been jailed because of their political, religious or other conscientiously-held beliefs, ethnic origin, sex, color, language, national or social origin, economic status, birth, sexual orientation or another status, provided that they have neither used nor advocated violence.