Manipur’s Iron Lady Irom Sharmila Gives Birth To Twins This Mother’s Day
- IWB Post
- May 13, 2019
Human rights and political activist Irom Sharmila, also known as the Iron Lady, gave birth to twin girls on Mother’s Day at a hospital in Bengaluru.
The 44-year-old who is known for her 16-year hunger strike demanding the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA in Manipur, married her long-term partner Desmond Coutinho, a British national, in 2017.
The twin girls named Nix Shakhi and Autumn Tara were born a minute apart and Irom’s obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Sripada Vinekar said that both the mother and the babies were doing fine. It was a coincidence that the twins were born on Mother’s Day as Irom’s expected delivery date was sometime next week, she added.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Irom shared, “This is a new life, a new beginning for me. I am very happy. Neither Desmond nor I had any preference, we just wanted healthy children.”
Explaining how the daughters have been named, Irom shared that Nix Sakhi was named after her mother who passed away a few months ago, and her twin Autumn Tara has been named after the Buddhist reincarnation of the Buddha.
H/T: The News Minute