• Petitioned Dr. Manmohan SIngh

This petition was delivered to:

Dr. Manmohan SIngh
Chief Minister of Manipur
Okram Ibobi Singh
Home Minister
P Chidambaram
The Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
Sh. K.G. Balakrishnan
United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR)
President of India
Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch


    1. Petition by

      Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign (SSSC)


“I was half conscious most of the time but whenever I regained consciousness, the commandoes were molesting me…but, I am grateful to them for giving me the chance to narrate my agony by sparing my life at least” revealed one of the thousands of women who were raped by army men who are guarded heavily by the autocratic law of AFSPA.

AFSPA or Armed Forces Special Powers Act, passed in 1958, rules all the north east states(except Sikkim) and Jammu and Kashmir. It was imposed to check insurgency. AFSPA allows shooting the “suspects” and provides legal immunity to the army men. Because of this, in the name of protecting law and order, AFSPA has led to extra judicial killings, fake encounters, illegal detentions, torture and rapes. The law was enforced in Manipur in 1980 and was supposed to last six months but it continues to destroy it till today.

In 2000, a Manipuri poet and activist, Irom Chanu Sharmila, decided to adopt a non-violent and peaceful method to seek attention of the Government. She decided to fast for a day but the fast continues till date. The Government has not only ignored her but has also suppressed her by charging her with “attempt to suicide”. She is arrested and faces a trial, every year. She has also been forceful fed by nasogastric tube and is confined to the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Imphal.

Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign (SSSC) supports her and her struggle on humanitarian and democratic grounds. Irom Sharmila deserves a voice in the world’s largest democracy and demands positive talks with her. For over an year, SSSC has been spreading awareness and gathering support for her through public demonstrations, candle-light vigils, awareness programmes in colleges, nation-wide signature campaign and two caravans which covered almost all the states of the country.

SSSC now appeals to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the prime institution for protection of human rights in the country, to direct the Government to open talks with Irom Sharmila.

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    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      india is a democracy and sharmila is fighting to save it. i am a north indian and i feel whatever is going on in north east is by the will of our government and that is wrong. we all 'indians' love irom sharmila. salute to her!!!

      • about 2 years ago

      दुनिया को और बेहतर बनाने के लिये अहिंसक प्रतिरोधियों और प्रतिरोध के तरीकों का सम्मान होना चाहिए क्योंकि यही एकमात्र रास्ता है .....

      • about 2 years ago

      मेरा हस्ताक्षर किसी विधि के निरस्तीकरण के लिये नहीं है बल्कि समस्या के मूल में जा कर उसके निरस्तीकरण के लिये है। मणिपुर एक भारतीय राज्य है और उसके साथ बाकी सभी उत्तर पूर्वी राज्यों को भी संघ द्वारा समान भाव दिया जाना चाहिये। शर्मिला को सम्मान और सम्मानजनक रूप से उनके अनशन की समाप्ति लोकतंत्र की गरिमा में विशाल बढ़ोत्तरी होगी।

    • Nitu Jha AUSTIN, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I want justice for her...

    • jyoti bansal INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      beacause its against to our HUMAN RIGHTS. its wrong .


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