(AsiaNews) - Chinese police beat and arrested a 17-year-old Tibetan woman for
demanding the return of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's independence and the release of
the Panchen Lama and all other Tibetan political prisoners. According to
sources cited by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), the
incident occurred on 24 June in Kardze County (Sichuan province). The victim, Jigme
Dolma, was taken to a local hospital because of the injuries she suffered and
is under police guard.
the morning of 24 June, the young woman was handing out flyers in Kardze's main
market, calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and Tibet's independence. Four
minutes later, police agents took her away.
her arrest, Jigme's father asked police to see his daughter but his request was
refused. On 28 June, he found out that she had been hospitalised because of
injuries she sustained during her arrest. A day later, police allowed him to
see the young woman who showed bruises to the hands, legs and back.
of Jigme's aunts is Traga, a Tibetan nun arrested during anti-Chinese protests in
March 2008 crushed by Chinese soldiers who fired upon demonstrators. At least
13 people were killed in the Kardze area, more than 200 across Tibet. Since then,
the region has been under military occupation. The nun was sentenced to two years
year after her release, Traga fell ill and was admitted to hospital in Chengdu,
capital of Sichuan province. According to her doctors, the nun's health deteriorated
in prison and got worse because of the lack of treatment.
to the TCHRD, Jigme Dolma is being held in Kardze County's Detention Centre. Her
medical condition and well-being remain a great concern to her family. (NC)