Saturday, October 4, 2014

Dissent and Torture

                                   Photograph@Arijit Sen -All Rights Reserved

Irom Sharmila, 42, a woman with unkempt black hair and a disarming smile, has long advocated for the repeal of India's Armed Forces ( Special Powers) Act, or AFSPA, which gives the Indian Army legal immunity for its various brutal actions. She has been arrested again and again since starting a hunger strike in November 2000. "I have spent 14 years of my life chewing my tongue just for violence on all sides to end", she said.

My Report for US-based Women Under Siege Project

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