The draconian law of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) rules over eight states in India. With its provision of unrestrained power – shoot at sight, arrest without warrant, search and destroy public property on mere suspicion and legal impunity to the armed forces, AFSPA has led to extra-judicial killings, rapes, torture and fake encounters in these states.
Yet, AFSPA has been existing for 60 years now. In these 60 years, there have been countless numbers of protests and demonstrations against this inhuman act. It has been 14 years now that Irom Sharmila, a Manipuri activist, has been on a hunger-strike against AFSPA but while her heroic struggle is challenging the conscience of people across the world, her own Government remains unmoved. Almost all major parties in the country have been silent about the everyday horror in these states.
But this silence needs to be broken. In the wake of the coming elections, we have decided to create a political pressure for the repeal of AFSPA.
In this regard, on 30th March, Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign, AISA, AIPWA, RYA, DSF, JNUSU, NEFIS, NAPM and other like-minded groups will organize a joint march against AFSPA from Mandi House metro station to Jantar Mantar at 1 PM. After the march, there will also be a public meeting at Jantar Mantar.
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