Delhi court to record Irom Sharmila's statement on Wednesday

A Delhi court is likely to record tomorrow statement of Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila, who is facing trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide during her fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar here in 2006.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 11, 2015, 17:23 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court is likely to record tomorrow statement of Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila, who is facing trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide during her fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar here in 2006.

The court, which was scheduled to commence recording of Sharmila's statement on Tuesday, listed it for tomorrow as the metropolitan magistrate concerned was not holding court.

On June 6, the court had concluded recording of prosecution evidence in the case and had posted the matter for recording of Sharmila's statement under section 313 of CrPC.

42-year-old Sharmila is on a fast for over 14 years in Manipur demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

Sharmila had earlier told the court that she was very much eager to eat if she got the assurance that the "draconian" act will be revoked.

Widespread discrimination was being done with the people from northeast, she had alleged, adding she never intended to commit suicide and it was just a protest against AFSPA.

The court had on March 4, 2013, put Sharmila on trial after she had refused to plead guilty for the offence of attempting to commit suicide (section 309 of IPC).

If convicted, Sharmila, who is out on bail in this case, faces a maximum jail term of one year.

Popularly known as the 'Iron Lady', Sharmila is fed through a nasal tube. She had earlier told the court that her protest was non-violent.