Tibetan mother of 4 sets self on fire, report says

AP News
Posted: Mar 24, 2013 9:03 PM

BEIJING (AP) — A U.S.-backed broadcaster says a Tibetan mother of four young children has killed herself in the latest self-immolation protest in western China.

Radio Free Asia said 30-year-old Kalkyi set herself on fire Sunday near a monastery in Sichuan province's Aba county. The report said she died at the scene and her body was placed in the nearby Jonang Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

Aba has seen the largest number of the 110 such protests that have occurred starting in 2009.

Tibetan rights advocates say the self-immolations aim to protest Chinese rule and call for the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. China accuses the Dalai Lama's supporters of encouraging the suicides.

Calls to the local government and police rang unanswered Monday.