Former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight caused a national firestorm in 1988 when he shared his views on rape with then-NBC News correspondent Connie Chung.
“I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it,” Knight said.
The notoriously irascible coach – who was fired in 2000 due to a litany of anger issues – quickly corrected himself, but the damage was done.
Fast forward to this week, when Ranjit Sinha – chief of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation – made a similar comment.
“If you can’t prevent rape, you might as well enjoy it,” Sinha said.
Sinha made the comment in reference to the debate over legalizing gambling in India. He was attempting to draw an analogy to the fact the nation should legalize the practice and make money off of it rather than waste money fighting it.
Needless to say, that’s pretty much the definition of a terrible analogy … especially in light of the brutal December 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old Indian woman in New Delhi. One of the assailants in that case died in prison, while four others were sentenced to death by hanging.
Given how pissed off people in India are right now, Sinha will be lucky to escape that fate himself …