New Delhi, Oct 2: On the occasion of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today, ‘Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign’ started with a nationwide signature campaign in support of Irom Sharmila’s decade-long struggle against the controversial Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act 1958.
The campaign was organised here at the Jantar Mantar while it was also held at various places in 21 states.
“It is for the first time when any campaign organised such a programme, which was simultaneously followed in so many Indian states.
“Organisers of the campaign have also organised various other programmes in the past with its objective to spread awareness about Irom Sharmila and to get public support for the demands of the campaign,” a statement said.
Faisal Khan, key organiser of the campaign, who already went to Manipur in 2006 and observed the fast in solidarity with Irom, said the civil society, media and the government has not done much for her.
“She is still ignored. We are a solidarity group of various organisations and movements who demand the government to take necessary steps on the issue.
“Now, we have received support of various leading social activists. The signature campaign will continue till December 8 and all the signatures will be handed over to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on December 10, the International Human Rights Day,” he added.
A solidarity march from the India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan will also be organised. A day-long fast will be observed on December 10 under the campaign, Mr Khan informed.