The recent brutal gang rape and murder of a young Indian woman by six men on a bus in New Delhi has sparked off intense emotions among the people of India and their friends worldwide. The Dalai Lama has joined in with the shared sadness of tens of millions of people who have been shocked by this horrible crime. On Dec. 31, 2012, Phayul.com has reported, The Dalai Lama on Delhi gang rape: Very, very sad, Degeneration of moral values.
While speaking to the major Indian news channel NDTV in New Delhi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recently said that the recent incident of a brutal gang rape of a young girl in New Delhi is “very, very sad” and he has expressed his concern over the degeneration of moral values in the society. The Dalai Lama has commented, “Firstly, such incidents are really very, very sad. India is a huge country with a long history and a very, very civilized cultural heritage of non-violence - ahimsa.”
The Dalai Lama has gone on to note that although material development with modern education is very helpful and necessary, he nevertheless urges concerned people to pay more serious attention to developing India’s own ancient traditional values. He has said, “These traditional values are basis of moral principles, now that is lacking.” The Dalai Lama, who has lived in India for over five decades now and who calls the country his home, has added that he is concerned over the degeneration of India’s thousands of years old values.