DHARMSHALA: Jugtso, a 20 year-old Tibetan woman died after setting herself on fire in Zamthang, Ngaba in north-eastern Tibet (incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province) around 3 pm local time on 16 April. She is the sixth Tibetan to self-immolate from the Zamthang region. The total number of self-immolations has risen to 115, out which 98 died.
She self-immolated near Jonang monastery to protest against the repressive policies of the Chinese government. Local Tibetans carried her body to the nearby Jonang monastery after the incident. Her body was later shifted to her home. Local Chinese authorities asked the family to cremate the body that night itself. Thousands of local Tibetans and monks came to pay their respects and express their solidarity at the funeral.
Jugtso is a native of Barma township in Zamthang. She is married and has a 3 year-old child.
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