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Irom Sharmila gets married in Kodaikanal

18 August 2017

Kodaikanal: Attended by a small group of friends from activists circle and a large media contingent, Manipur rights activist Irom Sharmila (45) tied the nuptial knot with her British boyfriend Desmond Coutinho (55) here on Thursday and vowed to continue her struggle against injustice.

Earlier, the bride and the groom walked all the way from the bride's house near the Observatory to the Sub-Registrar's office which is located at Moonjikkal.

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They reached the venue at 10.50 am. "It is a matter of great pride for the state to have her marriage solemnised here". However, the ceremony was slightly delayed because Desmond failed to produce his original passport.

The couple had submitted their application for marriage registration under the Special Marriage Act on July 12 and the Sub-Registrar had called for objections, if any, within 30 days time. The district police had arranged for tight security. Later, the sub-registrar's office conducted an inquiry and questioned Mahindran. They then left for their home by vehicle.

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Divya, the director of short film Kakkoos and Leelavathi, president of Palani Hill Adhivasikal Koottamaippu, were among those present.

The wedding was objected to by a local activist V Mahendran, who contended that if the couple stayed in the hills, tribals in the area would face law and order problems. "The deep pain inflicting me is her failure to keep her promise - ending her fast against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act", said the frail octogenarian".

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However, the sub-registrar rejected the objection, clearing the decks for Ms Sharmila's wedding with Mr Coutinho.

Irom Sharmila gets married in Kodaikanal