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Desmond Coutinho Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Nationality: British
Wife: Irom Sharmila
Age: 56 Years

Desmond Coutinho

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Bio
ProfessionSocial Activist
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear 1963
Age (as in 2019)56 Years
BirthplaceZanzibar (a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania in East Africa)
NationalityBritish
HometownGoa, India
FamilyNot Known
ReligionNot Known
HobbiesDoing Yoga, Reading, Writing
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date17 August 2017
Marriage PlaceKodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Affairs/GirlfriendsIrom Sharmila
Desmond Coutinho With Irom Sharmila
WifeIrom Sharmila
Desmond Coutinho And Irom Sharmila's Wedding Photo
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter(s)- Nix Shakhi and Autumn Tara (twins)

Desmond Coutinho

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Desmond Coutinho

  • Desmond is a second generation African travelling with an EU passport.
  • He first came to know about Irom Sharmila through a book titled “Burning Bright” by Deepti Priya Mehrotra. He was moved by Irom Sharmila’s struggle described in the book.
    Burning Bright Irom Sharmila and the Struggle for Peace in Manipur
  • He started writing letters to Sharmila and since then, the two got involved in exchanging letters regularly. Among the things he sent her were a Radha-Krishna painting and a teddy bear.
  • In February 2011, he visited Imphal for the first time and finally managed to meet her on 9 March 2011 at a court.
  • When The Telegraph (the eastern Indian daily) published an interview with Sharmila in which Sharmila said that she loved Coutinho, it caused a furore in Manipur.
  • Desmond sat on a 36-hour fast to be allowed to meet Irom Sharmila. He had to fast for 2 days before the activists relented and allowed him to meet her.

    Desmond Coutinho on Hunger Strike

    Desmond Coutinho on Hunger Strike

  • Desmond insisted that he was serious about Sharmila. He said-

    I am not a writer. I am not an activist. I care about her. And although this seems to annoy activists, I have done more for her with my caring than the moral support they claim to have offered her.”

  • On 17 August 2017, he got married to Irom Sharmila under the Special Marriage Act in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. The couple started living together in Tamil Nadu’s Kodaikanal.

    Irom Sharmila With Her Husband Desmond Coutinho

    Irom Sharmila With Her Husband Desmond Coutinho

  • On 12 May 2019, he became the father of twin girls- Nix Shakhi and Autumn Tara.
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