Dharamsala, Oct.25 (ANI): Exiled Tibetans held candle light vigil here to express solidarity with a 57-year-old Tibetan man, who self immolated himself in protest against the repressive Chinese rule in Tibet.
Dorjee Richen set himself ablaze on October 23 in his homeland Tibet against the rising Chinese atrocities.
The vigil was organised by Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Regional Tibetan Women's Association (RTWA) who urged United Nations to intervene in the matter so as to put an end to the self immolations.
Dicki Lhamo, spokesperson of RTWA, told reporters that situation was getting worse day by day as several people were resorting to self immolation.
"We are here in Tibet today as Dorjee Richen, a 57 years old Tibetan man self immolated himself in China and died yesterday and this is the 58th case of self immolation. We are praying and protesting against China," said Lhamo.
Over the past three years, over 50 Tibetans have committed self-immolation.
The surge in self-immolations in China in protest over its rule in Tibet has heightened tension in recent months.
Indian-based rights groups said there had been a massive security clampdown in Tibet and Tibetan areas of China, and in some instances protesters were beaten even as they were ablaze.
China rejects criticism that it is eroding Tibetan culture and faith, saying its rule has ended serfdom and brought development to a backward region.
China has ruled Tibet since 1950, when Communist troops marched in and announced its "peaceful liberation".
The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising, has accused China of "cultural genocide". Beijing considers him a separatist and does not trust his insistence that he only wants greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.
China considers the Dalai Lama a separatist for his long struggle for Tibetan autonomy, and tensions over the issue are at their highest in years after a spate of protests and self-immolations, which have prompted a Chinese security crackdown. (ANI)