Can there be a bigger “Mother’s Day” Gift for any woman?
Civil rights activist Irom Sharmila, known across the world as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her 16-year hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state, gave birth to twin girls on Mother’s Day (May 12) in Bengaluru.
She gave birth after 35 weeks of pregnancy through a C-section delivery at Malleshwaram branch of the Cloudnine hospital at 9:21 am on Sunday. The 46-year-old had settled in Kodaikanal after her marriage with Desmond Coutinho in 2017.
The activist and her husband, Goan-born British national Desmond Coutinho, have named their daughters Nix Sakhi and Autumn Tara. Sharmila was quoted as saying: