Bhenchen Kyi | 万钦吉

Bhenchen Kyi | 万钦吉

Note: Japanese artist Tomoyo Ihaya painted the image for Bhenchen Kyi.

Bhenchen Kyi, 17, set herself on fire in Dokarmo region of Tsekhog, Rebkong, eastern Tibet at around 8 pm (local time). She passed away at the site of her protest.

Sonam, a Tibetan living in Switzerland, told Phayul that Bhenchen Kyi raised slogans for the ‘long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’ and for the ‘Tibetan people to prevail for tens of thousands of years’ while engulfed in flames.

Following her self-immolation protest, local Tibetans were able to rescue her body from falling into the hands of Chinese authorities.

“I don’t want the Chinese authorities to take away my body,” Bhenchen Kyi had reportedly said.

Her self-immolation protest comes on the eve of a Global Solidarity Day called on December 10 Human Rights Day by the exile Tibetan administration.

Bhenchen Kyi | 万钦吉 was the 101th(98thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009. She was the 15thfemale self-immolator.

万钦吉, 安多泽库(今青海省黄南藏族自治州泽库县)中学初一(7)班学生。
2012年12月9日晚上8点左右,班钦吉在村庄自焚,呼喊“祈请达赖喇嘛永久住世”、“藏民族万岁”,当场牺牲。
僧俗民众将她的遗体抬到11月25日自焚牺牲的尼师桑杰卓玛被火葬的地方时,被军警制止,后来是在修赤塘(十世班禅喇嘛传法处)为班钦吉举行了火葬仪式。
她出生于多禾茂乡牧民家庭,父亲名叫索南次仁,40岁;母亲名叫色姆,37岁。家中三个孩子中,她排行老二,大姐名叫古如吉,17岁;小妹名叫曲珍吉,是位尼姑。

遗言:

“我们没有任何自由。我要为西藏民族的尊严而自焚。如果我在当局门前自焚的话,我的父母不会得到我的遗体,所以我会在不通公路的村庄自焚……”

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