Tibetan administration reports 134th self-immolation case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014 19:03 IST

At a time when trend of self-immolation seemed to have been waning, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has reported yet another incident where in a 19-year-old girl died after setting herself ablaze "in an apparent protest against the Chinese government".

The fiery protest, which took place at Meuruma Township in Nagba Country of Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, is the second such incident within a week.

CTA, in a press release issued here, informed that the deceased, identified as Tsephe Kyi, set herself on fire on Monday to protest against the Chinese government's repressive measures in Tibetan areas.

"Chinese authorities arrived at the site of the self-immolation within minutes and seized her body, a source from the region was quoted as saying," said a CTA official, citing sources in the occupied Tibet.

"Self- immolator girl's father and mother have reportedly been taken away by the police, but it is not clear whether they have been detained," he added.

Tsephe is the 10th Tibetan to self-immolate this year. The last reported self-immolation protest was of Sangye Khar, who died after burning himself on December 16 at Amchok Town of Sangchu County in Gansu Province, added the official.

He also reiterated appeal by Sikyong (Tibetan PM-in-exile) Lobsang Sangay, urging the Chinese authorities in Tibet to address the genuine grievances of the people to alleviate their sufferings.

At least 134 Tibetans have set themselves on fire inside Tibet since 2009. "CTA has consistently appealed to and discouraged Tibetans from drastic actions, including self-immolation, as a form of protest," said the official

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