Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain, who was scheduled to record Sharmila's statement today, deferred it for the next date as she was not produced before the court by Manipur Police.

The court had on June 6 concluded recording of evidence by the prosecution and posted the matter for recording of Sharmila's statement under section 313 of CrPC. 42-year-old Sharmila is on a fast for over 14 years in Manipur demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

Sharmila had earlier told the court that she was very much eager to eat if she got the assurance that the 'draconian' act will be revoked. Widespread discrimination was being done with the people from northeast, she had alleged, adding she never intended to commit suicide and it was just a protest against AFSPA.
 
The court had on March 4, 2013, put Sharmila on trial after she had refused to plead guilty to the charge of attempting to commit suicide (section 309 of IPC).

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