January 14: In reports finally emerging, an elderly Tibetan woman apparently self-immolated in China’s capital city of Beijing in September last year. She is believed to have set herself on fire in protest against illegal land grabbing by Chinese authorities in the Keygudo region of eastern Tibet following the devastating 2010 earthquake.
According to the Dharamshala based Central Tibetan Administration, Passang Lhamo, a 62-year-old native of Keygudo torched herself on September 13, 2012 after “repeated appeals to the central authorities in Beijing failed to yield any concrete results.”
She was reportedly taken to hospital where she was treated for “severe burn injuries.”
Passang Lhamo was forced to head to Beijing after local authorities in Keygudo refused to allow her to retain her ancestral home following the major rebuilding process in the region.
Passang Lhamo | 巴桑拉毛 was the 57th(54thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009. She was the 10thfemale self-immolator.