The Tibetan nun who set herself on fire in protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet on June 11 in Tawu region of Kham, eastern Tibet has been identified as 31-year-old Wangchen Dolma.
Although she is believed to have survived her fiery protest, there is no further information on her present condition. She is currently believed to be in a hospital in Dartsedo after Chinese security personnel arrested her from the protest site.
It has also been reported that an unidentified Tibetan man, who tried to rescue Wangchen Dolma, was severely beaten and arrested by Chinese security personnel.
Wangchen Dolma set herself on fire at around 5 pm (local time) on June 11 outside the Nyatso Monastery in Tawu, where thousands of monks from all over Tibet were participating in a major religious gathering.
According to an eyewitness, a Tibetan man tried to put off the flames on Wangchen Dolma’s body, shouting, “if we don’t rescue the nun, she will fall into the hands of the Chinese.”
“Within minutes of the self-immolation protest, Chinese security personnel arrived, extinguished the flames, and bundled the nun away in a police vehicle” the same source said. “The man who tried to save the nun was severely beaten by two Chinese security personnel and later arrested.”
Whereabouts of the unidentified Tibetan man is not known.
Wangchen Dolma’s monastery is located near Dakar Jangchup Choeling, the nunnery to which nun Palden Choetso, who self-immolated on November 3, 2011, belongs.
Wangchen Dolma is a native of Tawu. Further personal details, as well as information on the present situation at her monastery are not available.
[Update] Latest news said that Wangchen Dolma died on Friday 14th, around 8pm. The communist authority didn’t return her body but cremated it without the consent of her family. It’s said that the family is threatened by the authority, that no funeral reception or religious ceremony is allowed.
Wangchen Dolma | 旺钦卓玛 was the 123th(119thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009. She was the 19thfemale self-immolator.
旺钦卓玛在6月11日，星期二下午5點左右，在正舉行「絳央貢卻」辩经大法会的著名大寺 — 靈雀寺（藏语尼措貢巴）自焚。一位藏人亲眼目睹了旺钦卓玛自焚情景，同时看到一藏人男子试图扑灭她身上的火，并高呼“如果不保护尼姑，就会被军警抢走。” 他和另一个人都向燃着火的尼姑抛献了哈达。几分钟后，军警赶到现场，用灭火器熄灭尼姑身上的火之后，还用一块白布将她包住装进车里带往地方医院。与此同时，当时在现场高呼要保护尼姑的藏人被两个警察毒打后装进车里带走。随后不久，在三辆军用卡车的随行下，警方将尼姑送往康定县医院。”