Karma in Nepal, November 2011 (Tibet Times Photo)
DHARAMSHALA, August 20: The largest pro independence group of the Tibetan diaspora has urged the government of Nepal to release the body of the Tibetan monk Karma Nyedon Gyatso, who died on August 6 after setting himself on fire near the Buddhist landmark Boudhanath temple in Kathmandu.
Karma Nyedon Gyatso, 38 year old monk from Damshung, near Lhasa in Tibet had arrived at the Kathmandu Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre on 30th January 2011. He was disabled with paralysis and used two wooden blocks for mobility.
charred remains of Karma, August 6, 2013
The Tibetan Youth Congress, a major Tibetan NGO headquartered here, appealed the government of Nepal to act on “principles and values that the people of Nepal uphold.”
“We urge the Nepalese Government to either hand over the body to the Tibetan community in Kathmandu or arrange for the correct funeral rituals according to Buddhist tradition,” said TYC President Tenzing Jigme who took over the reins from Tsewang Rinzin in June.
TYC said it has received information that the body of the disabled Tibetan monk who died in the fiery protest is still in the custody of the Nepalese Police.
These banners were seen around Boudhanath temple in February, 2013.
Nepal, which has come under strong criticism for its handling of Tibetan refugees secretly cremated the body of Drupchen Tsering, who died after setting himself on fire Kathmandu on February 13 earlier this year. Nepal declared him 'unclaimed' despite appeals from Tibetans to handover his body for Buddhist funeral rites. Banners under the name of “Locals and Youth of Boudha” have appeared near the protest site, warning that such acts will “make life even harder” for Tibetans.
Calling the self-immolation a “hideous and sinful” act motivated by “dirty politics,” the banner announces: “No more Free Tibet in our holy land.”
“The soul of the victim will rot in hell … You want blood, we give you war,” further reads the banner.
TYC Vice-President Tamdin Hrichoe said, “We hope that Nepal will do the right thing this time. Gyatso deserves the right to be cremated with respect and dignity.”
In 2010, Nepal disrupted Tibetan elections by confiscating ballot boxes containing thousands of ballots just an hour before the polls were due to be closed.
Nepal, which is home to some 20,000 Tibetans, has accommodated Tibetan exiles for decades, but has come under increasing pressure from China, a major donor for the impoverished country, to crack down on the political protests.
The TYC has also sent letters to Embassy of Nepal and Consulates in New Delhi, Washington DC, New York, San Francisco and various Human Rights groups.