India court orders release of hunger striker


A court in India has ordered the release of a human rights activist who has been on hunger strike for 14 years.

Irom Sharmila Chanu began her fast in 2000 to protest against a controversial law in the north-eastern state of Manipur, which gave the Indian armed forces sweeping powers.

Shortly after her protest began, she was charged with "attempting to commit suicide".

In 2002 she was put in a hospital and force-fed through a pipe in her nose.

"The court has set her free," her lawyer Mani Khaidem said on Tuesday.