NEW DELHI – The top of Tibet’s government-in-exile on Thursday defended the Dalai Lama over footage of him asking a boy to suck his tongue, saying the incident confirmed the non secular chief’s harmless and loving facet.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner apologized after footage of a public occasion, which additionally exhibits him apparently kissing the boy on the lips, went viral, prompting a spate of feedback on social media that his habits amounted to abuse.
Penpa Tsering, the sikyong (political chief) of the exiled Central Tibetan administration, stated the Dalai Lama had been “unfairly labeled with all kinds of names that actually damage the emotions of all his followers.”
The 87-year-old’s “harmless, grandfatherly, loving demeanor” depicted within the movie had been misinterpreted, Tsering instructed reporters in New Delhi, including that a lifetime of celibacy and non secular follow took the Dalai Lama “past sensual pleasures.” have led.
The video clip, shot in February and shared this month, has been seen over 1,000,000 instances on Twitter.
Tsering stated the investigations confirmed that “pro-Chinese language sources” have been concerned in it going viral, including that “the political side of this incident can’t be ignored.”
Officers on the Chinese language Embassy in New Delhi weren’t instantly out there for remark.
The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after a failed rebellion in opposition to Chinese language rule in Tibet. China’s navy invaded and took management in 1951.
He has labored for many years to rally world help for linguistic and cultural autonomy in his distant, mountainous residence between India and China.
Beijing has accused him of fomenting separatism and it doesn’t acknowledge Tibet’s government-in-exile, which represents some 100,000 Tibetans dwelling in round 30 international locations.