Indian Court Orders Release of Fasting Activist

January 22, 2015 4:09 PM

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A court on Thursday ordered the release of a frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 15 years to protest alleged military brutality in India's remote northeast.

The court dropped the charge of attempted suicide against Irom Sharmila, weeks after the Indian government decriminalized suicide attempts, which earlier were punishable by up to a year in prison, said Monika, a rights activist who attended the court proceedings. She uses one name.

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