August 17, 2017 15:47 IST

Activist Irom Sharmila marries Desmond Coutinha in Kodaikanal

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Civil rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila on Thursday married her lover Desmond Coutinho in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu.
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The low-key ceremony was held in the sub-registrar's office in the hill station in Dindugal district.
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"The two came in the morning and completed the formalities. They also exchanged garlands," an official in the sub-registrar office told IANS over phone.
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Sharmila, who hails from Manipur and fought against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) by going on a hunger strike for 16 years, decided to settle in Kodaikanal after losing the assembly poll in her home state this year.
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Some political outfits and people had objected to her marriage while some people had supported her during the two-month notice period for marriages conducted in the sub-registrar's office.