Kolkata (27.10.11): Student Islamic Organization of India decided to walk with Irom Sharmila to create awareness about her fast for peace in the Manipur region. A 10 day long state wide caravan to create awareness about Irom’s fight for her people concluded with great enthusiasm.
Irom Sharmila Chanu (born March 14, 1972), also known as the “Iron Lady of Manipur” or “Menghoubi” (“the fair one”) is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. Since 2 November 2000, she has been on hunger strike to demand that the Indian government repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA),which allowed soldiers to indefinitely detain any citizen on suspicion of being a rebel. The act has been blamed by opposition and human rights groups for permitting torture, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial executions. Irom Sharmila blames that the act is the reason for violence in Manipur and other parts of India’s northeast. Having refused food and water for more than 500 weeks, she has been called “the world’s longest hunger striker”
The Caravan travelled Shrinnagar to Howrah. The Caravan was received by the cadre of SIO WB in the busy Howrah Terminal. The cadre shouted slogans like ‘ Sharmila tum age bado’ ‘Hum tumrahe sath hain’ which was supported by Housewives, teachers, retired service men, students and all in the Howrah railway terminal.
Later in afternoon SIO cadres again assembled in college square just in front of the prestigious Calcutta University . Sarwar Hasan, SIOWB president,Shadab Masoom, president SIO kolkata,Faisal khan, Mahendra delegates of caravan who led the rally addressed the gathering. The closing session of caravan clearly stated their demand to fulfill the demand of “Iron Lady of Manipur”