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Pregnant Teenage Wife Kills Self Following Husband's Death in Police Custody


Shots fired by the security forces on local Tibetans. (photo source: dege.org)

According to an exile based Dege organization, pregnant teenage wife of a Tibetan man who succumbed to injuries sustained during the police firing at Serchul County, Denma Township of Karze Prefecture two weeks ago on August 12, 2014 has hanged herself to death.

The woman's husband, Jinpa Tharchen, 18, was among the five Tibetans who died after being shot by the security officers and denied of medical treatments in the detention center. The shootings started when Tibetans of Denma township made a peaceful appeal to the local authorities to release their chief, Wangdak, who was arrested based on his complaint against mistreatment of Tibetans by the Chinese officials.

Jampa's wife, whose name is currently unknown, was said to be around seven months pregnant at the time of her suicide.

According to the same source, Dawa Lhamo, a 65 year old relative of the arrested Chief wangdak, suffered from cerebral haemorrhage due to tortures sustained during her time in the detention center. She has been taken to a hospital, however, her family members have not been allowed to assist her.

The situation remains tense in the area, with the whereabouts of chief Wangdak still unknown. Sources say that the authorities continue to deny arrested Tibetans of medical treatments.

(Listen to the audio below for further details on the incident.)

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