Irom Sharmila loses cool after 4-hr delay in court

Irom Sharmila loses cool after 4-hr delay in court

Irom Sharmila loses cool after 4-hr delay in court
Even as her epic hunger-strike protest against AFSPA entered its 16th year a week back, Irom Sharmila Chanu, on Monday lost her cool after the court hearing on a case against her got delayed due to the absence of the judge.

An agitated Sharmila, who has a characteristic calm temperament, apparently left the courtroom in rage, only to be pacified by her supporters.

According to sources, Irom Sharmila was bought to a local court in Imphal at 10 am. But due to the absence of judge, the hearing got  delayed. Sharmila waited till 2 pm, and when the court authorities could not inform her whether the judge would at all come, an otherwise calm and soft spoken Sharmila lost her cool and raised her voice to argue with court and police officials.

“We had to wait for four hours. Sharmila has been fasting for 16 years now, and she is force fed. So it is very difficult for her to remain waiting for hours together since she is very weak. This is how the government behaves” Sharmila’s younger brother Irom Singhajit told Deccan Herald over telephone from Imphal.

Sources further added that the hearing was earlier fixed at 10:30 am, but as Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) R K Memcha has been promoted and the in-charge CJM A Nauteinashori was out of station, there was apparently no judge to hear the case till 2 pm. Extremely agitated over the delay, Sharmila tried to leave the court room around 1:50 pm without attending the hearing. Later, junior magistrate of Imphal East Alek Muivah arrived and court proceedings ended at 3 pm.

Supporters of  Sharmila from  Rongmei Lup Phuom (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland), All Manipur Muslim Women Organisation and Women Action for Development also attended the court to witness the court proceedings and were agitated by the delay. 

Slams Home Ministry
After the court appearance, Sharmila while talking to reporters shouted against the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) saying that the Centre is trying to choke the freedom of speech of political prisoners like her since the MHA issued a notification to increase the security deposit amount of Rs 1 Lakh, which has to be deposited for meeting prisoners, including her.
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