Irom Sharmila

FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2014 file photo, India’s most famous prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila, 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)

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