CBI chief Ranjit Sinha regrets rape comments
New Delhi: CBI director Ranjit Sinha
today expressed regret and issued a clarification over his rape comment,
following condemnation from women groups and leaders across the board.
“I regret any hurt caused as the same was inadvertent and unintended. I
reiterate my deep sense of regard and respect for women & commitment
to gender issues,” Sinha said.
Yesterday, while giving his opinion that there is no harm in betting being
legalised, he had said, "If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is
like saying 'if you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it".
As the controversy grew with Sinha being condemned from all sides for his
poor choice of words, he issued a clarification.
“The statement was made in the context of the voice vote taken by Sh
Shekhar Gupta, editor and writer, on legalising betting in sports. After
the opinion of R N Savani and Rahul Dravid , 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 inevitabe one should lie back and enjoy it. Laws should be
strictly enforced and absence of enforcement or lack of will for
enforcement does not mean that laws should not be made. I reiterate my
deep sense of regard and respect for women and my commitment for gender
issues,” his statement read.
Strongly condemning his comments, BJP leader Smirti Irani had said that
his comments reflect what his opinions about women are. Women’s rights
activist Kavita Krishnan had also expressed regret over the comment and
demanded the CBI director’s resignation. Other voices like AAP’s
Shazia Ilmi and IPS officer Kiran Bedi had also condemned the comments and
demanded an explanation.
Sinha’s statement was given in response to a question asked by senior
editor Shekhar Gupta on his views about legalising betting. Sinha, who was
on the panel of a session "Ethics and integrity in sports--need for a law
and role of CBI", said there was no harm in legalising betting in the
"If we can have lottery in states, if we can have casinos at holiday
resorts. If the government can declare schemes of voluntary disclosure for
black money, so what's the harm in legalising betting? Besides you'll have
enforcement agencies to look into it," he had said, adding that its easy
to call for ban than to enforce it.
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