Target: Ranjit Sinha, Head of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation
Goal: Force Ranjit Sinha to rectify his offensive comments comparing rape to gambling.
The head of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, Ranjit Sinha is under fire after making comments about rape that were insensitive and offensive to many. The incident occurred in a press conference when Sinha was being questioned about the legalization of sports betting and he said, “It is very easy to say that if you can’t enforce it, it’s like saying if you can’t prevent rape, you [should] enjoy it.”
Although this comment was not suggesting that women should enjoy rape, many are offended that Sinha would compare something as petty as betting to the serious issue of rape.
In present day India, many citizens are just now beginning to realize how large of an issue rape is after a woman died last December from a brutal gang rape. Rape happens very frequently and it is estimated that it is only reported 40% of the time. Women who do report it typically have to undergo cruel and uncomfortable examinations and deal with unhelpful police who do not typically pursue charges on the attackers.
It is for these reasons that Sinha’s comments were such a big deal to the citizens of India. It was inappropriate to make such a comparison when rape is such a sensitive topic in the country. Furthermore, it was very unprofessional and discouraging for the head detective who is in charge of investigating some of these rape cases to be able to joke about the topic and take it so lightly.
Please sign the petition below to urge Detective Ranjit Sinha to take any actions possible to correct his insensitive and offensive remarks.
Dear Detective Ranjit Sinha,
Your recent comments comparing rape to sports betting were insensitive and offensive, and although it was clear that you did not mean them to be that way, many are bothered by your remarks.
As a detective, I am sure you are aware and even work to respond to many of the rape crimes that occur throughout India. Since the brutal gang rape last December that caused the death of the 23 year old victim, India has suddenly become aware of how large of an issue rape is throughout the country. For that reason, rape is a very sensitive subject and the fact that you brought it up in a light-hearted comparison was thoughtless.
We ask that you do whatever is necessary to rectify your mistakes and earn forgiveness from those you offended. Please take responsibility for your actions by apologizing and avoiding any similar issues in the future.
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