India’s top police officer Ranjit Sinha, Chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation recently made comments condoning rape. To be specific, when speaking about the issue he claimed “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it”.
Crazy, isn’t it?
Not only is it crazy, but scary. To put it into perspective, Ranjit Sinha and the CBI is responsible for ongoing investigations including:
- Involvement of Congress Members in the November 1984 Sikh Genocide
- Investigating the unlawfully killed and forcefully disappeared in Punjab
- Police Impunity and more!
In incidents where Sikhs were the victims of rape as a weapon, how can someone with such horrifying judgment be expected to secure justice? Simpy put – they cannot. No wonder impunity runs rampant and perpetrators of Genocide enjoy high positions in government.
But even more concerning is that this “slip” by Ranjit Sinha will likely be forgotten and he will continue to serve in his role as Cheif of India’s equivalent of the FBI.
So what does that say about a country where rape has become epidemic and rapists enjoy impunity? How can these issues be addressed when the nations top cop makes such outrageous comments?
Here’s an article published by Canada’s National Post earlier today, covering the topic:
Outrage after India’s top policeman Ranjit Sinha says ‘if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it’
NEW DELHI — India’s top police official apologized Wednesday for saying, “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,” a remark that has outraged women across the country.
Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha made the remark Tuesday during a conference about illegal sports betting and the need to legalize gambling. The CBI, the country’s premier investigative agency, is India’s equivalent of the FBI.
Sinha said at the conference that if the state could not stop gambling, it could at least make some revenue by legalizing it.
“If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying, ’If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,”’ he said.
The remarks have caused outrage across India, which in the past year has been roiled by widespread protests following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi.
On Wednesday, Sinha said that his comments had been taken out of context and misinterpreted, and that he was sorry if he had caused hurt.
Angry activists, however, called for his resignation.
It is sickening that a man who is in charge of several rape investigations should use such an analogy. He should be prosecuted for degrading and insulting women.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat said Sinha’s comments were offensive to women everywhere.
“It is sickening that a man who is in charge of several rape investigations should use such an analogy,” Karat told reporters. “He should be prosecuted for degrading and insulting women.”
The New Delhi attack on the young woman last December caused nationwide outrage and forced the government to change rape laws and create fast-track courts for rape cases. New laws introduced after the attack make stalking, voyeurism and sexual harassment a crime. They also provide for the death penalty for repeat offenders or for rape attacks that lead to the victim’s death.