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Dalai Lama apologises to boy, his family after row over ‘suck his tongue’ video

Apr 10, 2023 01:53 PM IST

The Dalai Lama has issued an apology after a video of him kissing a child sparked a controversy.

After a purported video of the Dalai Lama kissing a boy on the lips and asking him to ‘suck his tongue’ sparked outrage on Sunday, the spiritual leader of Tibet has issued an apology.

A video showing the Dalai Lama purportedly kissing a boy on his lips had caused a public outcry. (Twitter)
A video showing the Dalai Lama purportedly kissing a boy on his lips had caused a public outcry. (Twitter)

The official Twitter handle of the Buddhist monk said that he regrets the ‘hurt’ induced by his words and addressed the apology to the boy in the viral video, his family and ‘friends all over the world’. The statement added that he tends to interact with people in a ‘playful and innocent’ manner.

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“A video clip has been circulating that shows a recent meeting when a young boy asked His Holiness the Dalai Lama if he could give him a hug. His Holiness wishes to apologise to the boy and his family, as well as his many friends across the world, for the hurt his words may have caused. His Holiness often teases people he meets in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras. He regrets the incident,” the statement read.

The widely circulated visuals showed the Nobel Peace Prize laureate sticking out his tongue and asking the boy to suck on it while the latter was paying his respects.

Netizens expressed shock and disapproval of the incident, with many terming the action as “creepy”, “disgusting”, and “repulsive”. Users also commented on the troubling behaviour of other people seen in the footage, who seemed unperturbed by the incident.

The Dalai Lama had earlier courted controversy in 2019 for saying that if his successor were to be a woman, she should be "more attractive". He had later apologised for the statement.

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