India’s Top Cop Offends on Rape

“If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it.”

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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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