Following an outcry on social media, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama apologised after a video showed him asking a boy to suck his tongue. The Dalai Lama’s office, in a statement, said the leader “wishes to apologize to the boy and his family, as well as his many friends across the world, for the hurt his words may have caused” and that he “regrets” the incident.
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“His Holiness often teases people he meets in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras,” the statement claimed.
In the video, which went viral, the Dalai Lama, 87, can be seen planting a kiss on the boy’s lips as he leaned to pay his respects.
The Tibetan spiritual leader then stuck out his tongue and asked the boy to suck it.”Can you suck my tongue?” he could be heard asking the boy.
Source: Geo TV