A Tibetan woman dies of self-immolation


August 7, 2012 5:13 pm

Dolkar Tso’s body at Tsoe monastery after her self-immolation on 7 August 2012.

DHARAMSHALA: Dolkar Tso (Kyi), a 26-year-old Tibetan woman from Kanlho, Amdo in north-eastern Tibet set herself on fire today at around 2:30 pm local time. It was the second self-immolation in two days.

Latest reports coming out of Tibet say she died on the spot after setting herself on fire near Tsoe monastery in Kanlho. She was protesting against the continued occupation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China.

Tibetans who witnessed the incident tried to douse the fire and carried her body to the monastery. It was reported that more and more Tibetans are making their way to the monastery to pay their respects to her.

Dolkar Tso, daughter of Druk Gyalkhar and Sangye Tso, is from Tsoe Tasar village.

Since 2009, 46 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans. (See Factsheet)