Dalai Lama Says His Successor Could Be Female... But She Must Be 'Attractive'

| September 24 , 2015 , 22:55 IST
The Dalai Lama has raised a few eyebrows around the world after his comment that if he were to be succeeded by a woman then she would have to be good looking. dailai lama The 80-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader made the remark in London on Monday when an interviewer asked him if a woman could take over his role, the BBC reports. The leader offered an emphatic "yes" and told the reporter he had been asked the question years ago and offered the same answer, adding that women were biologically more compassionate. "Then I told the reporter if female Dalai Lama will come as the face should be very attractive," the monk said. The shocked reporter then asked if the self-described feminist was serious. "If female Dalai Lama come [sic] then that female must be attractive. Otherwise it's not much use," the Dalai Lama said. "You're joking, I'm assuming. Or you're not joking," the reporter asked. "It's true," the monk replied. The comment has been met with widespread criticism from women’s rights groups and social media.