February 13: A Tibetan monk today set himself on fire today near the holy stupa of Boudhanath in the heart of Nepalese capital city Kathmandu.
In a photo received by Phayul, the monk could be seen engulfed in towering flames. No further information is available on the identity of the monk or his condition, although our sources in the region fear for the worst.
According to eyewitnesses, the monk was severely burned and was later rushed to a hospital.
[Update: March 15th] Nepali authorities have ignored repeated requests to return the body to the local Tibetan community for proper cremation rites and rituals. Buddhists consider the final ritual administered over a deceased person’s body as a sacred and inviolable right.
[Update: March 28th] According to International Tibet Network, Drupchen Tsering’s body was cremated by the Nepal authorities on Monday, March 25th, despite considerable efforts being made by the Tibetan community and local Nepali groups to obtain its release so that the proper funeral rites could be given.
Drupchen Tsering (Druptse) | 竹泽 was the 106th(2thin Nepal) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.