AFSPA: Sharmila discharged but not allowed to leave

Sharmila discharged but not allowed to leave

IMPHAL, Dec 14: In what can be described as a mockery of Irom Sharmila`s six-year struggle against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, she was ostensibly discharged from the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS, today, but was prevented from leaving the hospital.

According to a report from New Delhi, the AIIMS authorities informed Sharmila and her attendants at around 3 pm this afternoon that she was being discharged. However, she was not allowed to leave the hospital without a clearance from the Union ministry of home affairs.

It is worth mentioning here that the petition filed by Sharmila`s brother, Irom Singhajit in the Delhi High Court praying that her actual condition and status be made known to him comes up for hearing tomorrow.

The Delhi police had earlier submitted to the court that Sharmila is not under arrest.

According to the Delhi report, Sharmila was clearly told by the AIIMS authorities that with her discharge, doctors and nurses would no longer attend her.

The report added that Sharmila, upon learning that she would not be allowed to leave even after her discharge, forcibly removed her nose-feeding tube, and may thereby have suffered some injuries.

The report added that upon learning of Sharmila`s `discharge`, representatives of the Apunba Lup students from Manipur as well as representatives of the all party political forum who are presently camping in Delhi, gathered to continue the protest along with Sharmila at the Jantar Mantar, but later dispersed upon learning the true state of affairs.

Meanwhile, volunteers of the Kumaon University Manipuri Association staged a protest demonstration at the Kumaon University today extending solidarity to Sharmila`s struggle for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958.

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Sapamcha Kangleipal
Manipur Forward Youth Front(MAFYF)