An 87-year-old Buddhist monk, Lama, made headlines after a video of him went viral on social media. The footage was captured at an event in McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamshala City in northern India, on February 28.
In the video, Lama can be seen planting a kiss on a young boy’s lips as a sign of respect. However, the monk then proceeds to stick his tongue out and ask the child to suck it. The incident sparked outrage on social media, with many calling out the monk for his behaviour.
Following the backlash, Lama issued a public apology on his verified Twitter account. He expressed regret for the incident and stated that his actions were meant to be innocent and playful. The monk also apologized to the boy and his family, as well as his friends worldwide, for any hurt that his words may have caused.
This incident highlights the importance of respecting personal boundaries, even in seemingly harmless interactions. As public figures, it is crucial for individuals like Lama to be mindful of their behaviour, especially when in the public eye.
Cardi B emphasized the importance of parents educating their children about sexual misconduct, stating that it can safeguard them from potential offenders among their peers, family, friends, and teachers. She expressed her reservations about sleepovers and urged parents to be cautious. Cardi B also noted that both boys and girls are equally susceptible to sexual violations in today’s world. Furthermore, she criticized parents who allow their children to be exploited in the name of religion, citing an example of a monk kissing a boy in the presence of his parents and emphasizing the need to establish boundaries.
Cardi B tweeted:
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