New Delhi: Tibetans on Wednesday observed a vigil here to express solidarity with those who lost their lives for independence of their homeland.

As part of 'Worldwide Vigil Day for Tibet', placard- holding Tibetans marched to Jantar Mantar from Rajghat where they held a day-long vigil.

Wednesday’s event was also attended by a young monk group from Drakgo. These monks will be going to various parts of India to raise awareness on the plight of Tibetans.

"20 Tibetans have self immolated so far in Tibet, out of which 13 have succumbed to injuries. Many of them being students, monks and nuns," said coordinator Tenzin Norbu.

"We demand complete withdrawal of Chinese military from Tibetan monasteries and also demand that diplomats, tourists and international media be allowed to report the atrocities faced by locals there," he said.

"No one can dare to carry a picture of His Holiness Dalai Lama, in Tibet. They are threatened to be killed. So many of our monks have died and nuns have been raped by the Chinese back home," 44-year-old Wangdu, a former soldier, alleged.