Asia

Indian activist to end her nearly 16-year hunger strike

  • FILE - In this Monday Nov. 3, 2014 file photo, India's most famous prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila, 42, cries by her bed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital where she is kept in judicial custody on charges of attempted suicide, a crime in India, in Imphal, in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. The frail activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military told a court on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that she'll give up her fast on Aug. 9 and stand as an independent candidate in elections early next year. Sharmila has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. She was arrested three days after starting her fast on charges of attempting suicide and has since been force fed through a tube in her nose. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)

    FILE - In this Monday Nov. 3, 2014 file photo, India's most famous prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila, 42, cries by her bed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital where she is kept in judicial custody on charges of attempted suicide, a crime in India, in Imphal, in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. The frail activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military told a court on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that she'll give up her fast on Aug. 9 and stand as an independent candidate in elections early next year. Sharmila has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. She was arrested three days after starting her fast on charges of attempting suicide and has since been force fed through a tube in her nose. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, Irom Sharmila, center, walks out of a security ward after her release in Porompal district, in Imphal, India. The frail activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military told a court on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that she'll give up her fast on Aug. 9 and stand as an independent candidate in elections early next year. Sharmila has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. She was arrested three days after starting her fast on charges of attempting suicide and has since been force fed through a tube in her nose. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, Irom Sharmila, center, walks out of a security ward after her release in Porompal district, in Imphal, India. The frail activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military told a court on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that she'll give up her fast on Aug. 9 and stand as an independent candidate in elections early next year. Sharmila has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. She was arrested three days after starting her fast on charges of attempting suicide and has since been force fed through a tube in her nose. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 4, 2013 file photo, India's most famous prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila, center, is escorted by police for an appearance at Patiala House court in New Delhi, India. The frail activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military told a court on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that she'll give up her fast on Aug. 9 and stand as an independent candidate in elections early next year. Sharmila has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. She was arrested three days after starting her fast on charges of attempting suicide and has since been force fed through a tube in her nose. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

    FILE - In this March 4, 2013 file photo, India's most famous prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila, center, is escorted by police for an appearance at Patiala House court in New Delhi, India. The frail activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military told a court on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that she'll give up her fast on Aug. 9 and stand as an independent candidate in elections early next year. Sharmila has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. She was arrested three days after starting her fast on charges of attempting suicide and has since been force fed through a tube in her nose. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)  (The Associated Press)

A frail 44-year-old activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military says she'll end her fast and run in state elections.

Irom Sharmila told a court in the northeastern state of Manipur on Tuesday that she'll give up her fast on Aug. 9 and stand as an independent candidate in elections early next year.

Sharmila has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict.

She was arrested three days after starting her fast on charges of attempting suicide — a crime in India — and has since been force fed through a tube in her nose.