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Manipur’s ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Sharmila gives birth to twin girls on Mother’s Day

Sharmila, who had moved to Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu after losing the assembly poll in her home state, married her long-time British friend Desmond Coutinho in 2017.

SNS Web | New Delhi |

Manipur’s “Iron Lady” and civil rights activist Irom Sharmila gave birth to twin girls at a hospital in Bengaluru on Sunday which also marked the Mother’s Day.

Sharmila, who hails from Manipur, fought against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) by going on a hunger strike for 16 years. She ended the fast in August 2016.

Irom Sharmila, who had moved to Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu after losing the assembly poll in her home state, married her long-time British friend Desmond Coutinho in the office of Sub Registrar Rajesh in the hill station in 2017.

She had floated a political party – People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance after which she contested the polls against three-time Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh but managed to get only 90 out of 27,271 votes

Some political outfits and people had objected to her marriage while some people had supported her during the two-month notice period for marriages conducted in the sub-registrar’s office.