The Straits Times
Published on Aug 22, 2014

Indian police rearrest woman on hunger strike for 14 years, two days after release


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian police on Friday rearrested a woman who has been on hunger strike for 14 years to protest against rights abuses, just two days after she was released on the orders of a court.

Television footage showed officers forcibly removing Irom Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her unwavering and non-violent protest.

"A group of women police arrived at the makeshift protest venue and forcibly took her away," local activist Janaki Devi told AFP. "They said she was arrested for refusing to eat, which according to authorities is tantamount to attempted suicide."

The police said she would be taken to a prison hospital in Imphal, the capital of northeastern Manipur state, and force fed via nasal drip. "We cannot let her die," a senior police official told AFP, on condition of anonymity.