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Mother of three sets herself ablaze in Dzamthang

June 1, 2012

Dharamshala, May 30: Three days after a twin self-immolation rocked Tibet’s capital Lhasa on Sunday, a Tibetan woman today reportedly set herself on fire in an anti-China protest and later died in her native town of Dzamthang in traditional Amdo Province, according to a source here.

“Rikyo, believed to be around 33, set herself on fire and died near Dzamthang monastery,” Tsangyang Gyatso, director of Dharamshala-based Jonang Welfare Association, said quoting sources in Tibet.

Rikyo was married to one Nangtong and the couple has three children.

The latest incident takes to 38 the number of self-immolation protest by Tibetans inside Tibet since 2009 and many of the protesters, mostly Buddhist clergy members, are believed to have succumbed to their injuries while no definite information could be readily known about those believed to have survived the protest.

Rikyo is the fourth Tibetan to set fire in Dzamthang where three other Tibetans also burned themselves in separate incident to protest what advocate groups in exile say is to call for “greater freedom” in Tibet and the return of their exile spiritual leader Dalia Lama.

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