Rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu will marry her long-time British partner Desmond Coutinho in July. “We have not fixed the date of our marriage yet, but are planning it some time in July-end in Tamil Nadu,”adds Sharmila.
Sharmila had formed a political party called the People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA)+ after ending her epic 16-year-long fast against the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) on August 9, 2016. She contested state elections and took on former chief minister and Congress heavyweight Okram Ibobi Singh from Thoubal, but managed to win only 90 votes. After the debacle, she took some time off and had been putting up in southern Indian states.