A women Irom Chanu Sharmila been her hunger strike on 2nd November 2000 demanding an end to an Indian military law, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) to establish a secure and peaceful administration which can respect human values, humanism and human rights who is on long fast and adopted Gandhian way of non violent protest. Despite of the commitment to human rights she is still ignored by the government and civil society.
Save Sharmila Campaign formed in Initiative of several civil societies’ organization organized a candle light vigil at Raj Ghat today around 6.00pm in solidarity to Irom Sharmila. Introductory speech was given by Faisal Khan (National Alliance of People’s Movement), Veena Behen (Gandhi Global Family),Smt. Nirmala Sharma (Jagruthi Mahila Samithi), Prof VK Tripathi (Sadbhavna Mission), MD Tanveer (Asian Center for Social Studies) from Chennai , Sandeep Mishra (Mission Bharathiyam), Biju Behen (Asha Parivar –Assam), Syed Ali AKthar (Yuva Koshish) and Daiyan Husssain (Khadayi Kidmatkar- North East) delivered speech respectively in solidarity to Irom Sharmila.
Later on Akku Chingangbam a research scholar from JMI sang a song on Irom Sharmila. Activst of Qamar Intakhab, Rojesh a student leader of Manipur, Comrade M H Gandhi a well know activist from Gujarat, Shah Alam a documentary film maker, Samar Arya a student leader from JNU, Satyam (Rahul Foundation), Moulana Fateh Md Naqvi a well known religious scholar, many students from various universities (JNU, JMI, Jamia Hamdard & DU) and many activists and individuals participated in the vigil.
The main purpose of the vigil was to demand the government to hear Irom Sharmila, making an imitative by sending an all party delegates, NHRC and NWC to talk. The government has made many attempts of talks with Naxal, Mao and terrorist organization so why can’t it hear what a women from North East is demanding