Abuse survivors ‘horrified’ at Dalai Lama’s ‘blatant sexual act’ after kissing young boy

A US-based abuse survivors’ network has expressed their concern after the “very disturbing” video emerged of the Dalai Lama kissing a young boy on the lips and asking him to “suck his tongue” at a public event in India. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) issued a statement condemning the Dalai Lama’s behaviour after the shocking video emerged.

The Tibetan spiritual leader came under fire after the video depicted the 87-year-old kissing a 12-year-old Indian boy on the lips during a charity event at his temple in ​​Dharamshala, India, in February.

The Dalai Lama then asked the boy to “suck his tongue”, which prompted outrage from religious groups internationally.

SNAP, which is a non-profit organisation support group of survivors of clergy sexual abuse, blasted the incident as “very disturbing” and has urged people to raise awareness to child sex crimes.

Their statement read: “We are as horrified as any viewer by the actions of the Dalai Lama. Our primary concern is with the innocent boy who was the subject of this disgusting request by a revered spiritual figure.

“Additionally, it is just as disturbing to read the minimising statement released on behalf of Buddhist enlightenment.

“An 87-year-old man asking a young boy to perform a blatantly sexual act in a public setting is very disturbing.

“We feel it is important that every single person who sees, suspects, or suffers child sex crimes, regardless of the level of crime, contact law enforcement to report it.”

The Dalai Lama, known to the Tibetan people as Gyalwa Rinpoche, is the holiest figure in Tibetan Buddhism and has lived in exile in India since 1859, after Tibet was annexed by China.

The viral video was taken in late February at an event attended by about 100 young students who had just graduated from the Indian M3M Foundation.

In the video, one of the young students approached a microphone at the event and asked the 87-year-old: “Can I hug you?”

The Dalai Lama told the 12-year-old to come up to the platform where he was seated and asked him for a kiss on the cheek before giving him a hug.

In the video, the Dalai Lama was then seen holding on to the boy and saying “I think here also” before planting a kiss on his lips.

Disturbingly, the 87-year-old then added “and suck my tongue” before sticking out his tongue.

The Dalai Lama’s office has since issued a statement following outrage he received amid the viral video.

The statement read: “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.”

source: express.co.uk