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incarnationabc Post time: 2013-11-14 19:01
Even you disclaim you are not indian but your remarks are very outrageous.
Indian women ask Sinha ...
Ranjit Sinha, director of India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
TweetEmailIndia's top police chief is facing calls for his resignation after a comment about rape sparked anger among victims' groups.
Ranjit Sinha, director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India's equivalent of the United States' FBI,sparked outrage across the country, which in the past year has seen widespread protests following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi.
Mr Sinha made the comment during a CBI conference about illegal sports betting and the need to legalise gambling.
"Do we have the enforcement?" Mr Sinha said at the event in New Delhi on Tuesday about whether sports betting should be legalised.
"It is very easy to say that if you can't enforce it, it's like saying if you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it."
There have been widespread protests demanding tougher penalties for rape
He has apologised and insisted his comments were taken out of context and were misinterpreted, but angry activists called for his resignation.
"I regret any hurt caused," Mr Sinha said. "I gave my opinion that betting should be legalised and that if the laws cannot be enforced, that does not mean that laws should not be made.
"This is as erroneous as saying that if rape is inevitable one should lie back and enjoy it. I reiterate my deep sense of regard and respect for women and my commitment for gender issues."
But civil rights campaigners and opposition politicians said his remarks risked trivialising the issue of rape and raised questions over the CBI's ability to investigate serious sexual assaults.
Kavita Krishnan, an activist with the All India Progressive Women's Association, called for Mr Sinha to step down.
"How can he remain the head of India's premier investigation agency?" she said.
Nirmala Sitharaman, spokeswoman for the main opposition group, the Bharatiya Janata Party, described the remarks as "shocking".