(TibetanReview.net, Mar10, 2015) – A 40-year-old Tibetan woman was reported to have torched herself in protest against Chinese rule on Mar 6 in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County of Sichuan Province. Norchuk, a nomad from the county’s Trotsuk Village, was said to have died.
She immolated herself in a hay barn in her village at 3:30AM, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Mar 7, taking the total number of such fiery protesters in Tibet since Feb 2009 to 137.
Chinese authorities were reported to have immediately cremated the woman’s remains.
Norchuk was said to be associated with the local Dephu Monastery and to have taken a vow recently to turn vegetarian at a mass gathering of nomads from the area’s villages. The Tibetan gathering reaffirmed a vow to adhere to virtuous behaviours in their daily lives.
Norchuk’s self-immolation came as the Chinese authorities had begun strengthening security measures, including with reinforcement of security deployments in many Tibetan areas, including Ngaba County, ahead of the 56th anniversary Mar 10 of the Tibetan National Uprising.