India’s Top Cop Offends on Rape

    India's newly elected Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha speaks with the media at CBI headquarters in New Delhi on December 3, 2012. The 59-year-old Sinha, who was the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Director, has served as the CBI's joint director in its anti-corruption unit. The CBI is an Indian governmental agency that jointly serves as a criminal investigation body, national security agency and intelligence agency. AFP PHOTO/ SAJJAD HUSSAIN        (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    It is never a good idea to make a rape joke. India’s top police official apologized Wednesday after saying that “if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,” a particularly insensitive remark in a country that is still reeling from last year’s fatal rape of a 23-year-old student. Making matters even worse, Central Bureau of Investigations chief Ranjit Sinha’s comment came after a discussion that had nothing to do with rape in the first place. Sinha said that if the state could not stop gambling, it should at least bring in some revenue from it, using “if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it” as an analogy. Activists are already calling for Sinha’s resignation, especially since his is in charge of several rape investigations.

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