Woman immolate self in Tibet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2015 18:58 IST

A 40-year-old woman from Nagba, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, burned herself to death in an apparent protest against Chinese polices in her homeland, the Tibetan media at Dharamsala reported on Sunday.

The woman, identified as Norchuk, has become the 137th Tibetan to self-immolate in order to protest against the Chinese rule since 2009.

According to the reports, Norchuk's body was cremated by the local government.

Norchuk's death came amid a heightened security presence in many Tibetan areas, which locals say is aimed both at intimidating Tibetans now celebrating religious observances during the Lunar New Year and at preventing protests on the coming March 10 anniversary of a failed 1959 Tibetan revolt against Chinese rule.

Meanwhile, major Tibetan NGOs, including Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) and Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), organised a candle light vigil to express solidarity with Norchuk.

People from all walks of the exile community, including monks, nuns, Tibetans and students, took part in the vigil.

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