New Delhi: Faced with stinging criticism, outrage and demands to step down, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Wednesday expressed regret and apologised for his "enjoy rape if you can't prevent it" comment.
The CBI chief tried to control the damage by saying that his statement delivered at a conference held in New Delhi on Tuesday to celebrate 50 years of the CBI was taken out of context.
His comment sparked a major controversy and the National Commission for Women asked for his resignation while saying that Sinha will be issued a notice to explain his "derogatory" comments. The Opposition and women activist, too, came out strongly against Sinha's comment and asked him to resign from his post.
"It shows a perverted mindset. The statement from the CBI Director is absolutely outrageous," said CPM leader Brinda Karat.
"He has made an insensitive comment. If the head is talking like this then he should resign," said National Commission for Women chief Mamta Sharma.
Sinha had said, "What is the harm if we legalise betting, above all do we have enforcement agencies? It is very easy to say... It's like if you can't prevent rape you enjoy it, so it is better to have it legalised and earn some revenue."
However, he later clarified his position saying that it was a proverb and his statement has been taken out of context.
"Statement was made in context to voice vote taken by Shekhar Gupta, Editor of Indian Express on legalising betting in sports. I gave my opinion that betting should be legalised and that if law can't be enforced that doesn't mean that law can't be made. It is as erroneous as if rape is inevitable one should lie back and enjoy it," clarified Sinha.