A Tibetan political prisoner in eastern Tibet has succumbed to illness sustained during torture in detention
DHARAMSHALA: Thinley, a 25-year-old Tibetan political prisoner, died on Wednesday due to illness sustained during severe beatings by the Chinese police for his role in the peaceful protests in Karze in eastern Tibet last year.
Thinley, a native of Beri Serkhar in Karze, was arrested by the public security bureau in April 2009 and subsequently kept in their custody for 7 months. He was subjected to severe beatings in detention, which left him physically and mentally disabled. The authorities then handed him over to his family members, who despite their poor financial position sought every possible medication to save Thinley. After doctors pronounced that Thinley had suffered grievous injuries in the brain, the family members took him to their home. Despite their utmost efforts, Thinley was overwhelmed by his debilitating health and passed away on 10 August.
His dead body was consigned to vultures according to tradition.
He was survived by his mother and wife.