Sources in the exile Tibetan community have learned that Dolma, aged 31, from the well known Thonglaka Tsang family in the county, burnt herself near the stupa of Ba Choede monastery. As is customary in Tibet, people gather to circumambulate stupas as part of their religious practice, and it was some of these at the stupa who rushed to put out the fire and took the nun to a hospital.
No further details on the nun's condition is available at present due to Chinese security police having sealed the hospital and disrupted communications in the region. The authorities have also arrested three nuns who had been resident at Rethod with Dolma.
This brings the number of Tibetan self-immolations in Tibet and Tibetan regions to 130 since this form of political protest by Tibetans started in February 2009.
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