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Irom Chanu Sharmila (b March 14, 1972), known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, has been on a fast unto death for 15 years demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Irom sat on a hunger strike on Nov 2, 2000, following the killing of 10 innocent people by the military personnel at Malom near Imphal. The government detained her as a political prisoner and has been keeping her alive through artificial feeding. She continues her agitation in solitary confinement in a hospital.