The Dalai Lama is in sizzling water on-line for what persons are calling acts of pedophilia.
On Monday, the spiritual leader, 87, apologized after a viral video confirmed him kissing a minor boy, then suggesting the kid suck on his tongue.
Tenzin Gyatso–the Dalai Lama’s title–shared the statement on his social media channels.
“A video clip has been circulating that exhibits a latest assembly when a younger boy requested His Holiness the Dalai Lama if he might give him a hug. His Holiness needs to apologize to the boy and his household, in addition to his many buddies internationally, for the damage his phrases could have brought about.”
Within the final paragraph of the assertion, His Holiness seemingly recommended the ‘tongue-sucking’ remark was meant as a joke.
“His Holiness usually teases individuals he meets in an harmless and playful manner, even in public and earlier than cameras. He regrets the incident.”
Nevertheless, there was no rationalization for why the hug escalated right into a kiss.
— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) April 10, 2023
Right here’s What The Dalai Lama Did And How Social Media Reacted
In keeping with CNN, the incident with the minor little one occurred in February at an occasion in Dharamshala, India. M3M Group, an Indian actual property firm, was internet hosting a philanthropic occasion that includes the Lama.
The video exhibits the boy approaching the non secular chief, asking, “Can I hug you?”
In response, the Dalai Lama invited the boy on stage and pointed to his cheek, saying, “First right here.” It was a suggestion for a cheek kiss, which the kid obliged with.
After the hug and kiss, the chief pointed to his lips and mentioned, “Then I feel lastly right here additionally.” Earlier than the kid might react, the Dalai Lama reportedly pulled the kid’s chin towards him, kissing the minor on the lips.
The boy recoiled his head as laughter and claps stuffed the room. Moments later, the chief tried to drag the kid’s brow onto his personal, however the little one appeared to drag away barely earlier than giving in.
After just a few moments, the boy stood aside once more whereas the Lama stared at him. Then, the 87-year-old motioned at his tongue, poked it out, and mentioned, “suck my tongue.”
The clip exhibits the unidentified little one seemingly laughing, then leaning in earlier than the clip cuts out. It’s unclear if the Dalai Lama’s tongue entered the kid’s mouth at any level.
You didn’t simply hug the boy although, you requested him to ‘suck your tongue.’
Why depart that bit out? 🤔pic.twitter.com/Nz2aSYxAZD
— Samirah (@SameeraKhan) April 10, 2023
The tweeted assertion has acquired over 9.9 million views and over 10,000 feedback. Reactions vary from disgust to requires the Dalai Lama to step down as non secular chief and only a few justifications for his actions, together with references to Tibetan tradition.
Asking forgiveness actually ? Like frfr? Disgusting and delete the phrase Holiness you’re abastard, cringe and pedophile! Don’t normalize this habits!!!!! # canceldalailama
— Yulduz Adizova (@adizova_y) April 10, 2023
….So the Dalai Lama is a pedophile
— 🦋 (@_SkyAndTheCity) April 10, 2023
To the individuals on right here defending the Dalai Lama’s actions – you clearly do not know a predator once you see one.
Your unwavering ignorance is a part of the issue. pic.twitter.com/WDbcFNUQ1K
— Scotty 🎸🎶 (@ScottyGoesAgain) April 10, 2023
The Dalai Lama must be charged with Sexual Assault of a minor. Simply because he’s a non secular chief he shouldn’t be immune from prosecution.
Nobody must be allowed to get away with assaulting a toddler!
He’s a sick Baby Predator! pic.twitter.com/r7ohMA8JSi
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) April 10, 2023
The Dalai Lama apologised for the incident. Nevertheless, is an apology sufficient? The video is on the web and the web is without end. It should trigger him trauma rising up. For another individual this could quantity to jail time. That is molestation and must be taken severely https://t.co/X3mdLycjSL
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) April 10, 2023