DHARAMSHALA: A Tibetan woman has died after setting herself on fire to protest against China’s repressive rule, taking the total self-immolations inside Tibet to 109, including 13 this year alone. (View fact-sheet)91 of them died.
Kunchok Wangmo, a 30-year-old mother of one, set herself on fire and died in Taktsa village in Dzoge in eastern Tibet’s Ngaba region last Wednesday (13 March). The authorities surreptitiously cremated the body and handed the ashes to her family members. Media reports authorities later detained her husband Dolma Kyab after he refused to blame his wife’s self-immolation on family problems.
Last Saturday, 28-year-old Lobsang Thogmey of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba died after himself on fire. Fellow monks rushed him to a local hospital where he died. A large number of security forces soon arrived at the hospital and forcibly took away his body. Lobsang joined the monastery at a young age and he is known for his excellent conduct and diligence in studies. He is survived by his parents Rogtrug and Depo and one sister and three brothers.
CTA to hold prayer service
The Central Tibetan Administration will hold a prayer service on Wednesday (20 March) at the main temple in Dharamsala to express solidarity with all those who have self-immolated, including Kunchok Wangmo and Lobsang Thogmey, and those undergoing severe torture and imprisonment in Tibet.
Despite repeated appeals by the Central Tibetan Administration to refrain from taking drastic actions, the self-immolations persist. The self-immolators call for freedom for Tibetans and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.