Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ranjit Sinha raised the hackles of women’s right groups when he further suggested, in addition to his ‘offensive’ remarks over rape, that it is better to have something, legalise it, and earn some revenue rather than throwing up your hands and letting things happen.

Women’s rights advocates attacked the reference to rape among these apparently contradictory remarks — advocating changing laws to accommodate unstoppable behaviour; keeping laws in place irrespective of enforcement capacity; and earning revenue from unstoppable behaviour.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo member Brinda Karat said it was “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.”

Misinterpreted: CBI

The CBI, however, said an off-the-cuff remark was being misinterpreted. “The context of the Director’s remarks is important,” a spokesperson for the CBI told The Hindu .

“The Director’s point was only that if laws cannot be enforced, it does not mean they should not be there at all.”