Dharamshala: - Emerging reports coming out of Tibet say a Tibetan woman died on Monday after setting herself on fire in an apparent political protest against the Chinese repressive policies in Tibet, pushing the estimated toll to 134.
'The woman, identified as Tsepe Kyid, a 20-year-old self-immolated in an apparent protest against the Chinese government's continuing repressive policies in Tibet,' sources said.
"Tsepe Kyid set himself ablaze around 4:00 p.m. (local time) December 22, 2014 in Meruma township in Ngaba County, Amdho Region of North-eastern Tibet (Chinese: Aba county in of Sichuan Province, China)," Meo Kungyam, a Tibetan man living in exile told The Tibet Post International.
According to the sources, Chinese police arrived at the scene shortly after the self-immolation protest and forcibly removed her body.
"She is a 19-year old Tibetan woman and had not received a formal education but grew up working as a herder with her parents. According to the same sources, her 60 year old father and 50 year old mother have reportedly been taken away by police, but it is not clear whether they have been detained," another source said later.
This incident brought the total verified number of self-immolations in Tibet to 134 since February, 2009 and and of them 115 were reportedly passed-away due to their severe injuries.
The Tibetan self-immolators have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for the Tibetan people. Most parts of Tibet have suffered severe crackdowns and been under heightened restrictions and controls.
The Chinese government has blamed outside forces for the self-immolations, particularly His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration- regarded by China as a subversive.
But, Tibetans have denied such accusations, saying that the main cause of self-immolation is "Beijing's hard-line policies, including political repression, economic marginalization, environmental destruction, cultural assimilation and denial of religious freedom."
Chinese government says Tibet has always been part of its territory, but Tibetans say Tibet was virtually independent for centuries until Chinese troops invaded in the 1950s.