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Tibetan nun insane after torture by Chinese police

October 18, 2010

Tibetan Review
October 15, 2010

A Tibetan Buddhist nun of Puruna Nunnery in Lhoba
Township of Kardze County in Sichuan Province has
entirely lost her mental balance after she was
tortured by Chinese security forces in 2008, said
Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights
and Democracy Oct 12. It added that the nun,
Sonam Choedon, 36, cries and throws up and needs constant care and control.

The centre said she was tortured repeatedly after
being arrested in a group of around 200 nuns from
her nunnery and Yangteng Nunnery on May 14, 2008
while staging a protest rally against Chinese
rule. Police and the paramilitary People’s Armed
Police Force arrested many of them. Sonam was no
longer herself especially after being delivered a
severe blow on her head with the butt of a gun.

The report said the Chinese delivered her to her
family in an insane state on Sep 15, 2008.

Following the May 14 protest by the nuns, the
Chinese arrested Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche, also
known as Burumna, the head of the two nunneries.
He was jailed for eight years and six months on
Sep 22, 2009 on false charges of possessing arms
and encroaching on government land.

Nuns of Puruna given jail sentences after the
protest were reported to include Sonam Lhatso, 10
years; Bhumo, 9 years; Sokha and Yangchen Khando,
3 years each, and Tashi Lhamo, 2 years. Most of
the other nuns were reported to have been
released but forced to return home, expelled from their nunneries.
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