Bengaluru: Manipur’s ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Chanu Sharmila gave birth to twin girls at a Bengaluru hospital on Sunday morning.
As per reports, the 47-year-old civil rights activist, who ended her hunger strike against the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act on August 9, 2016 after 16 years of fasting, delivered the babies through C-section at the Cloudnine Group of Hospitals’ Malleswaram branch at 9.21 am on Sunday and was doing fine.
The twins, named Nix Shakhi and Autumn Tara, were born a minute apart and weighed 2.16 kg and 2.14 kg, respectively, at the time of birth, said hospital authorities.
“Delivering on Mother’s Day was a pure coincidence. It wasn’t planned. They didn’t even realise the coincidence until I told them about it,” obstetrician-gynaecologist Dr Sripada Vinekar was quoted as saying by media reports.
Chanu married her British partner Desmond Anthony Bellarnine Coutinho in Kodaikanal, a hill station in Tamil Nadu, on August 17, 2017.
Chanu is known for protesting against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 that applies to just the seven states of Northeast India and grants security forces the power to search properties without a warrant, and to arrest people, and to use deadly force if there is “reasonable suspicion” that a person is acting against the state.
She was just 28 years when she began to fast in protest at the time of Malom Massacre, in which 10 civilians were killed in Imphal Valley of Manipur by Assam Rifles jawans on November 2, 2000.