Author sgra dbyangs posted this account of a woman’s personal struggles with forced marriage on the website http://www.tibet123.com/tibbs/2007-6/14/12231455913.html. An anonynous translator submitted it on May 20, 2007.
In recent years, while many investors and businessman from interior China have come to Tibet to make money, many have also used a variety of tricks to bring innocent Tibetan girls to interior China and sell them into slavery. There are many reports that Tibetan girls are forced to marry and then not allowed to see or contact their families for decades. In 1998, a Tibetan woman named Rinchen Drolma (rin chen sgrol ma) from Nagchu followed a man who claimed to be a Tibetan from Amdo. Then she came to Pari Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (dpa’ ris bod rigs rang skyong), Dorshi (dor zhi) township, Tashi Lungba (bkra shis lung ba) village in Gansu, and married him. She says that now she has two boys of her own, and at back home she has six brothers and sisters. The elder brother is a lama, called Karma Oser Gyatso, at Drepung monastery in Lhasa. She said that she is very sad that she has not heard anything from her home, and, because she is illiterate, she cannot go home. After marrying, she was not allowed to go outside except to take care of the sheep. Her husband’s family is constantly watching over her, and treats her like a prisoner. She says her only hope is to go home to see her family. Because of her two boys, she does not want to divorce. Since this is a true story, will an internet friend who lives in Lhasa tell Tulku Karma Oser Tsang about the situation? Thank you very much for your cooperation. Here is a direction to the village: