Irom Sharmila has been on a fast for 13 years, demanding that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 be repealed. She saw the tyranny of the draconian Act firsthand when she witnessed the shooting of innocent bystanders by security personnel after an ambush by insurgents.
Recently, the Aam Aadmi Party approached Sharmila, to stand in the upcoming elections. She declined the request, saying she did not believe the voice of a politician should be heard, when a citizen’s could not. Such is her unwavering commitment to her cause.