Ending many days of speculation, the marriage plans of Irom Sharmila has finally been revealed. Irom Sharmila will be marrying her partner Desmond Coutinho, who comes from Goa and is a British citizen. The couple had met in 2011 and since then they have been in a long distance relationship. Earlier, there were speculations that their relationship may have withered away, as is often the case with long distance relationships. Some even said that Sharmila’s poor performance in Manipur polls, where she got only around 90 votes, could have affected her relationship with Coutinho. However, now that the marriage plans have been announced, such speculations have been put to rest.
The marriage plans have been confirmed by Coutinho. He said that the marriage will most probably take place in Tamil Nadu, but only after legal formalities have been completed. Sources revealed that the couple is currently holidaying in Madurai, where the marriage will be held. However, the exact date of the marriage has not been finalized yet.
It may be recalled that Sharmila had earlier expressed her desire to get married and start a family. She had said so after she broke her 16-year old fast that was in protest against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA). She had said that she does not want to be described as an icon since she is an ordinary woman with ordinary desires.