Dalai Lama says sorry for comment on women



The Dalai Lama Tuesday apologised for his comment on women in a recent BBC interview, with his office here saying that the Tibetan spiritual leader has always opposed their objectification. Responding to a question on whether his reincarnation could be a woman, the Nobel Peace Prize winner had joked that she should be attractive. He is deeply sorry that people have been hurt by what he said and offers his sincere apologies, In the same interview the Dalai Lamas views on the refugee crisis in Europe The Tibetan leader in exile had said that Europe should let only a limited number of refugees to stay, and aim at returning them to their own land. But whole Europe eventually become Muslim country? Impossible. Or African country. Also impossible. Keep Europe for Europeans, he said. The statement said it sometimes happens that off-the-cuff remarks, which might be amusing in one cultural context, lose their humour in translation when brought into another. It said the Dalai Lama has throughout his life opposed the objectification of women, supported their rights and celebrated the growing international consensus on gender equality. On the refugee crisis in Europe, the statement said many who leave their countries may not wish or be able to return. However, the Dalai Lama also understands the uncertainties and difficulties of those in countries where the migrants make their new homes, it added. It quoted the spiritual leaders earlier remarks on refugees. I can also understand the fears of people in host countries, who may feel overwhelmed,\u201d he wrote in an op-ed piece in Washington Times

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