“There are lotteries in states. If we can have casinos in tourist resorts and if the government can declare schemes for voluntary disclosure of black money, what is the harm in legalizing betting? And above all, do we have the enforcement agencies? Do we have the enforcement? It is very easy to say that you… if you can’t enforce it, it is like if you can’t prevent rape, enjoy it… so it is better to have, err something, so it is better to legalise it and earn some revenue rather than throwing your hands up and letting things happen as it were,” CBI Director Ranjit Sinha told an audience of sports persons and officials. [link shared by Sundar]
I was hoping he was misquoted – but this video shows how casually he ‘uses the proverb’.
He later explained that he was ‘just making a point’ and that he ‘just used a proverb’. He also reiterated his ‘deep sense of regard and respect for women and commitment to gender issues‘. [CBI Director Ranjit Sinha responds to NCW notice]
What can make someone use ‘enjoyment’ of rape to make a point?
1. Do they speak without thinking, and don’t always mean what they say? But doesn’t what they say reveal how they think? Where do these words originate from? Words matter. I think casual words from those in positions of responsibility and influence, matter even more.
2. Do they believe it is possible to enjoy rape? What makes them believe that? What do they think rape is? And would their idea of rape as a possibly enjoyable activity not influence how they deal with cases of sexual assaults? Is this called ‘commitment to gender issues’?
3. It’s possible that they do realize rape is traumatic for the victim, but they feel enjoyment of rape is an option the victim has? If this is the case, then they are definitely not fit for being involved in anyway in investigations of sexual crimes.
Here’s a comment in response to the news article that got 8 likes:
Oh, yes. Enjoy it. Enjoy having your legs shoved apart, maybe getting punched in the face or belly to make you submit, a hundred pounds or more of weight slammed down on you, trying to breathe with a hand around your throat, then when you are NOT relaxed, NOT aroused, NOT lubricated, having something slammed up inside of you, across nerve-filled and blood-filled membranes laid over bone at the pelvic girdle. Sure. Enjoy that.
Sir, let me supply myself with a sawn-off broom handle. Then you bend over. And “enjoy” what I’ll do to you. Fair enough?