Irom Sharmila
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Irom Sharmila: 'People would rather see me dead'

The Indian political activist, Irom Sharmila, has told the BBC that she felt really isolated during her 16-year-long hunger strike that ended on Tuesday.

In her first media interview after breaking her fast, she said that she needed to change her strategy in her campaign against a controversial law that gives the Indian armed forces sweeping powers in her home state Manipur.

She expressed her anger at people who were angry she had ended her hunger strike, saying "they prefer me dead to living".

She spoke to the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in the Manipuri capital Imphal.

  • 10 Aug 2016