Candlelight vigil to highlight Irom Sharmila's fight

Ten-year-long fast for Afspa's repeal

GN Bureau | June 20, 2011

Irom Sharmila Chanu's ongoing fast demanding for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa) is over a decade old. However, it has failed to evoke any response from the government. The National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) is organising a candlelight at Rajghat on June 25 at 6 pm to highlight injustice meted out to Sharmila over the years.

The government deemed Sharmila's non-violent protest as an attempt to commit suicide - a criminal act according to the constitution - and arrested her. As a prisoner, she has been allowed very limited access to family, friends, supporters and the media.

With human rights' organisation, the UN and, on occassions, the government having criticised Afspa's draconian provisions, the vigil hopes to raise citizens' voice against the act and for Irom Sharmila.

Join the 'Save Irom Sharmila' vigil at Rajghat on June 25 at 6 pm.




Dear friends,

As, You are aware that the fast of Irom Sharmila Chanu has crossed 10 years, with a demand to repeal AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958).  

She was arrested based on the charges for attempt to commit suicide, criminalized as a high security prisoner and her access to family, friends, supporters and the media have been denied. It is a shame that in this land of Gandhi, a non-violent protester has been subjected to such humiliation for more than ten years. 

AFSPA has already been regarded as a Lawless law and draconian law by various international agencies. United Nation has also expressed its concern over this law. Human Rights agencies have found that this law is continuously violating basic human rights and has led to increase in number of rapes, bonded labors & negative psychological impacts are its result.

Now, as a concerned citizen, it is our responsibility to respect and to protect human rights and values.

A candle light prayer is being organized on 25 JUNE at 6:00 PM at Rajghat, Delhi, to support the non violent protest of Irom Sharmila with a demand to “Save Irom Sharmila”.

Just bring a candle to favor the light of Humanity, Democracy, Peace, Justice & Non violence.

All are welcome. 






Contact:  9968828230, 9873672153, 9958907799, 9911300375, 9871511120, 9871602771

NOTE-You are requested to send name of your organisation, if you want to be a part of this campaign

Faisal Khan

National Allaince of People's Movement

Asha Parivar




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