NEW DELHI – Activists say India's most famous prisoner of conscience has been forcibly taken for a medical test by police just days after she was freed after nearly 14 years in prison for fasting to protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights in areas of conflict.
Babloo Loitongbam, a local rights activist involved with Irom Sharmila's campaign, says police told him Friday that Sharmila's health needed to be monitored.
Sharmila, 42, has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000 and faced charges of attempting suicide — a crime in India — which a court threw out Tuesday.
During her years in prison she was force fed her through a tube in her nose. Sharmila had vowed to keep fasting after she was released. The police did not comment.