DHARAMSHALA: The Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration organised a prayer service today to mourn and express solidarity with the two Tibetans who have self-immolated in the last two months, and those undergoing immense suffering under China’s rule in Tibet.
Dolma, a 31-year-old Tibetan nun, set herself on fire in protest against the Chinese government’s repressive policies on 29 March. Her present condition and whereabouts is not verifiable. On 14 April, Thinley Namgyal, 32, died after setting himself on fire in Tawu county. These two incidents have pushed the total self-immolations to 130, out of which have 112 died. The self-immolators have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.
The prayer service was presided over by Khen Rinpoche (Abbot) of Gyuto monastery. Local Tibetans including Kalons and officials of the Central Tibetan Administration attended the prayer service.
Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, in his address to the masses, expressed the Central Tibetan Administration’s solidarity with the Tibetan self-immolators and those undergoing political incarceration in Chinese prisons.