New Delhi: Undeterred by the Centre’s slow response to her fast seeking the withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Iron Lady Irom Sharmila says she will not give up.
In an exclusive interview to Zee News on Tuesday, Sharmila said, “I am doing this for all people, especially those from the AFSPA-affected states. But we are the citizens of a democratic country and so my demand is for the rights of democratic citizens who need justice. We need peace, not violence. I will continue my fight.”
The social activist also made an appeal to the political leadership to hear her views by saying, “Our democratic leaders should hear my non-violent protest.”
When asked to react on the slow response to her decade-old fast for the removal of the AFSPA act, she said, “Revolution will take time. I am also a human being who wants peace and justice.”
“India is a democratic country and all depends on the people`s moment,” she said, adding, “Nobody is superior and inferior to one another.”
When asked whether she will continue to press for the removal of AFSPA considering her falling health, she said, “I know what I am doing and I know what is right and what is wrong, so it is always there in my conscience."
Sharmila, who is in Delhi, has refused to plead guilty of attempting suicide at Jantar Matnar in Delhi in 2006.
When asked how she rates her campaign so far, Sharmila said, "I would just like to surrender to God about the situation to come."
A Delhi court yesterday framed charges against Irom Sharmila Chanu on Monday, who has been on fast for about 12 years demanding repeal of controversial AFSPA, for allegedly attempting to commit suicide during her `fast until death` in the national Capital in 2006.