“If You Can’t Prevent Rape, You Enjoy It,” Says India’s Head of Police

“If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,” said Ranjit Sinha, the head of India’s police department, at a conference on Tuesday.

Yeah, that might be one of the dumbest comments about rape we’ve ever heard an official say… and that’s including Todd Akin’s claim that women can’t get pregnant from “legitimate” rape.

Strangely enough, Sinha wasn’t even intending to discuss the nation’s rape crisis; India’s highest-ranking police official was at a conference to share his views on gambling. Despite restrictive gambling legislation currently in place, many Indians still find ways to illegally gamble. Therefore, Sinha believes that the country should tax and regulate gambling instead.

Unfortunately, this argument was followed with a blunder of an analogy. “If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying, ‘If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,’” Sinha said. Unsurprisingly, his simile has been received as poorly as it was conceived.

Sinha claims that his words have been “misunderstood” and that he was trying to suggest that just because people may still try to gamble illegally doesn’t mean they shouldn’t work on new legislation. However, since he had just been arguing that India should make the most of a bad situation by legalizing gambling, many still interpret Sinha’s words as encouragement to women to see the bright side of violent sexual assault.

Regardless, both interpretations are highly offensive. Equating rape to a subject like gambling trivializes the issue. Suggesting, even jokingly, that women might “enjoy” rape shows how out of touch the police leader is with the issues women in his country face.

Indeed, the ongoing rape epidemic in India only makes Sinha’s offhanded comment even more controversial. The Human Rights Campaign found that a woman is raped in India every 30 seconds. After a brutal, well-publicized gang rape last year, it took massive protests to incite the Indian police into action. Still, the police won little support when they wound up arresting many of the protestors, as well. State officials have also been criticized for doing little to address the root causes of rape.

Brinda Karat, the leader of India’s Communist Party, made sure not to bumble her words as badly as Sinha when asked for a comment. “It is sickening that a man who is in charge of several rape investigations should use such an analogy. He should be prosecuted for degrading and insulting women,” she said.

Though Sinha eventually apologized for his remarks, he was initially defensive, labeling the calls for his resignation “malicious propaganda.” If you believe his words are indicative of a far greater problem, however, join others in the Care2 community in signing a petition asking Sinha to step down.

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Helga Ganguly
Helga Ganguly8 months ago

Rape is not about how attractive either person is. Rape is power.Why do rebels come in and rape a 79 year old nun? Her Great style?

Kelsey Valois
Kelsey Valois1 years ago

Signed. Wtf...he must have some nerve.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe1 years ago

Petition signed. He needs to step down!

Lydia M.
Lydia M.1 years ago

This comment is truly Insulting to all Rape Victims.. Grrrrrrrr !!!
This "man" should be Fired from his position.
What is being taught to any new Police Recruits I wonder.. That it's Not a Crime ???
This is Absurd... Grrrrrrr !!

June Bostock
June Bostock2 years ago


Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.2 years ago

Petition signed. I doubt anything will happen because the mentality of the Indian men towards women is inbred through their culture. One way to make changes is to fire people like Sinah and start educating boys that girls are their equal and should be respected not violated.

Sheila Casey

Another person in a leadership role that needs to be immediately fired. I guess if women should enjoy rape maybe he should enjoy being sodomized against his will so he can 'enjoy it'?

janice b.
jan b.2 years ago

I would like to see this guy raped by some woman who hasn't taken a shower for a week and one he regards ugly...and make him do some disgusting things .....and see how he enjoys it.

Joseph Belisle
Joseph Belisle2 years ago

What is wrong with law enforcement? A complete lack of empathy towards the people they are supposed to protect and serve.

Mara Comitas
Mara Comitas2 years ago

Another Neanderthal! What's next?