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Irom Sharmila Delivers Girl Twins On Mother’s Day

Bengaluru: Civil rights activist Irom Sharmila, known across the world as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her 16-year hunger strike against the imposition of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state, gave birth to twin girls on Mother’s Day. The 46-year-old, who being force-fed by a Ryles tube had become an iconic global image of protest, had settled in Kodaikanal after her marriage with Goan-born British national Desmond Coutinho in 2017. She gave premature birth after 35 weeks of pregnancy through a C-section delivery, as the babies were in a transverse position, at the Malleshwaram branch of Cloudnine Group of Hospitals. Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr. Sriprada Vinekar said the babies and the mother are in good health and are expected to be discharged in a couple of days. The couple named their daughters Nix Sakhi and Autumn Tara, and the babies weighed 2.16 kg and 2.15 kg, respectively. Nix Sakhi, has been named after her mother, Irom Sakhi, who died several months ago and with whom she shared a close bond. Desmond chose the name Nix, which is Latin for snow, since he wanted her to be cool and calm like that element. The second one has been named after a Buddhist goddess, the female reincarnation of the Buddha.