//Ebadi will take Manipuri woman's case to UNHRC

Ebadi will take Manipuri woman's case to UNHRC

New Delhi, Nov. 26 (PTI): Nobel Peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi today said she would seek support at international fora like the UN for Manipuri woman Irom Sharmila Chanu's struggle against the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

Ebadi, who is in the capital, visited AIIMS today to meet Sharmila, who is on a fast against the anti-terror law, and extended support to her campaign. Emerging from the meeting, Ebadi waved a poster that appealed to the government to revoke the law.

"I will report to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights on how this country is violating human rights. A woman who has been arrested by the police two months back is not being produced in court. I will also talk to the Indian Government about this," Ebadi told reporters.

During the hour-long meeting, Ebadi recorded her conversation with Sharmila and said this will be produced before the UN Human Rights Council as evidence.

"It is a matter of shame for the people and country. Sharmila has (said she will not) consume anything until she is produced in court. She is very weak and every sentence came out with great difficulty from her mouth," she said.

Terming her meeting with Sharmila as one of the most painful experiences of her life, Ebadi said she had removed the food pipe used to force feed her for the past three days.

Sharmila began her fast to demand the withdrawal of the AFSPA six years ago after some civilians were gunned down by security forces near Manipur's capital Imphal.

Ebadi called on people to launch a protest against the government for giving sweeping powers to the security forces through the AFSPA. "If a law allows the army to do whatever they want, we cannot sit in silence. I appeal to the Indian Government to immediately revoke the AFPSA and release Sharmila on humanitarian grounds," she said.

"The Indian Government should know that if one Sharmila dies, there will be thousands of protestors around the world fighting for her cause," she said.

Ebadi also visited Gandhi Smriti and paid tributes to Mahatama Gandhi.