Young Tibetan woman dies in self-immolation protest

Reports are just coming in that a 20-year-old woman set herself alight and died in Zamthang county, in the Ngaba region of Northeastern Tibet, Tuesday afternoon. Chuktso (also identified as Jugtso) self-immolated near Zamthang Monastery around 3 p.m. and died at the scene. Chuktso leaves behind a husband and a 3-year-old child.

Her body was taken to another local monastery, where monks and local Tibetans held a traditional prayer service. Chinese police reportedly ordered them to cremate her body immediately, which goes against traditional Tibetan funeral customs.

At least 115 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009. Click here to see all of Buddhadharma News‘ coverage of the protests.