Today is the hearing date of Sharmila's court case against armed
forces special powers act (Afspa) and as she's summoned by the
government of Manipur which claims that due to lack of funds,
Irom Sharmila cannot be flown to Delhi for her court case today.
a panel discussion event held in the city last evening, Bollywood
actor Sharmila Tagore said, "I am ashamed at myself for not
being aware of the cause until five years ago. I am completely
supportive of the cause Irom has been fighting for over a decade
now. And today is the day when Afspa completes fifty-five years
of existence in India. Let us come together as a nation to express
our solidarity towards her cause."
panel discussion was held to honour the on-going efforts of Irom
Sharmila captured by author Minnie Vaid in her book 'Iron Irom,
Two Journeys' published by Rajpal and Sons.
Author Minnie Vaid said, "I want everybody to join this cause,
not only you and me but everybody to be aware of the cause, the
struggle of Irom, hence her journey as a fighter in the form of
Human Rights Alert (HRA), founder and director Panelist Babloo
Loitongbam, expressed that "Irom received awards and accolades
from within the country and even abroad, but she did not want
to become an icon. She wanted to be portrayed as an ordinary individual
because she was seen as an extraordinary person that she would
not be seen as a symbol of sacrifice."