Central Bureau of Investigation Director Ranjit Sinha has angered advocates of women rights by invoking rape in a discussion on legalisation of gambling in sports here on Tuesday.

At a session on “Ethics and integrity in sports — need for a law and role of CBI” during an ongoing international conference, the CBI Director said there was no harm in legalising betting as there was no point in a ban that could not be enforced.

When asked by senior journalist Shekhar Gupta on his views on legalising betting, Mr. Sinha said: “I feel that if we can have lottery in States, if we can have casinos in some tourist resorts and if government can declare schemes of voluntary disclosure of black money, so what’s the harm if we legalise betting. And above all do we have the enforcement agencies?

“It is very easy to say you don’t have enforcement agency. It is like saying if you cannot prevent rape, you enjoy it. It is better to have something, legalise it and earn some revenue rather than throwing your hands up and let things happen.”

CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat said: “It is sickening that a man in that position should use such an analogy, particularly when the CBI is in charge of investigations in several rape cases. No wonder, the rate of convictions in the country is so low. He should be prosecuted for degrading and insulting women.”

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