Ti­betan stu­dent dies af­ter set­ting him­self alight in In­dia’s Varanasi

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - A Ti­betan stu­dent who self-im­mo­lated in an act of protest against Chi­nese rule in the Hi­malayan re­gion has died in an In­dian hos­pi­tal, a doc­tor said on Sun­day.

Ten­zin Choey­ing (19) suc­cumbed to crit­i­cal burn in­juries in New Delhi a week af­ter shout­ing ‘Vic­tory to Ti­bet’ and set­ting fire to him­self at a uni­ver­sity cam­pus in Varanasi, in In­dia’s north­ern Ut­tar Pradesh state.

“He died on Satur­day days af­ter he was shifted from a Varanasi hos­pi­tal for spe­cialised treat­ment,” Anil Rai, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent at Saf­dar­jung hos­pi­tal, said. His body will be handed over to the au­thor­i­ties af­ter a post­mortem, Rai added.

Self-im­mo­la­tion has reg­u­larly been used as a protest against China’s ac­tions in Ti­bet.

The In­ter­na­tional Cam­paign for Ti­bet - which claims 150 Ti­betans have self-im­mo­lated since 2009 - said Choey­ing shouted ‘Vic­tory to Ti­bet’ be­fore set­ting him­self on fire.

Varanasi po­lice, quot­ing eye­wit­nesses, said the 19 year old yelled ‘free­dom’ be­fore dous­ing him­self with kerosene and set­ting him­self ablaze on July 14. They were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mo­tive be­hind the sui­cide, in­clud­ing re­cent exam fail­ures as be­ing a pos­si­ble cause for his ac­tions. China says its troops ‘lib­er­ated’ Ti­bet in 1951, but Ti­betans ac­cuse the gov­ern­ment of re­li­gious re­pres­sion and erod­ing their cul­ture.

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