Irom Sharmila: 3 Police Officials Record Evidence Against The 'Iron Lady' In Delhi Court

05/06/2015 8:20 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
FILE – In this March 4, 2013 file photo, an Indian policeman, left, and a supporter stand behind India's most famous prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for 12 years to protest an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict, during a press conference, in New Delhi, India. India's government has decided to decriminalize suicide attempts, which earlier were punishable by up to a year in prison, a crime for which Sharmila has been in judicial custody for years. Junior Home Minister Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Parliament on Wednesday, Dec. 10, that if a person attempts suicide and survives, he or she will no longer be treated as a criminal, with the government removing Section 309 of the Penal Code from the statute book. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)

NEW DELHI — A Delhi court today recorded statements of three police officials as prosecution witnesses in a case in which rights activist Irom Sharmila is facing trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide during her fast- unto-death at Jantar Mantar here in 2006.

Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain recorded testimonies of Inspector Subhash, Assistant Sub Inspector Pal Singh, who was head constable at Parliament Street Police Station at the time of the incident, and constable Kapil.

The court fixed the case for tomorrow for recording evidence of other witnesses.

Sharmila, who is on a fast for over 14 years in Manipur demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was also present in the court during the hearing.

42-year-old Sharmila is currently under judicial custody in another case lodged against her in Manipur.

Read: How Other States Can Follow Tripura's Lead In Lifting AFSPA

The court had earlier recorded statements of four prosecution witnesses, including retired Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) G L Mehta, Dr Prashant Sinha, who had medically examined Sharmila after she was admitted to AIIMS, and two other officials of Delhi Police in the case.

Sharmila had earlier told the court that she was very much eager to eat if she got the assurance that the "draconian" act will be revoked.

Widespread discrimination was being done with the people from northeast, she alleged.

She had told the court that she never intended to commit suicide and it was just a protest against AFSPA.

The court had on March 4, 2013, put Sharmila on trial after she had refused to plead guilty for the offence of attempting to commit suicide (section 309 of IPC).

If convicted, Sharmila, who is out on bail in this case, faces a maximum jail term of one year.

Popularly known as the 'Iron Lady', Sharmila is fed through a nasal tube. She had earlier told the court that her protest was non-violent.

Her counsel had earlier told the court that Sharmila has already spent one year in judicial custody, which is the maximum sentence for the offence under section 309 of IPC.

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