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Andaman and Nicobar Police Warn of Strict Action Against Tour Operators Promoting “Jarawa Tourism”

Jan 27, 11:27 AM

The Andaman and Nicobar Police has alerted the tour operators against any case of “Jarawa tourism”. This comes in the wake of a video footage featuring semi-naked Jarawa women being published on the internet. Read on to know more…



The Andaman and Nicobar police have strictly warned tour operators that stern action will be taken against them if they resort to “Jarawa Tourism” by promising to offer glimpses of the nearly extinct tribe as an attraction in their package. This followed because of the advertisements on the Internet by many tour operating agencies, which promise such packages. “The police will take stringent action against such operators and practices,” said SB Deol, Director General of Police, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He also said, “The word 'Jarawa' appearing on the website of any tour operator will lead to an immediate case being registered and arrests of those concerned”.


This move comes in the wake of a controversy that came up recently over a footage, which showed semi-naked Jarawa tribal women in the islands dancing as the tourists watch. The centre immediately asked for a report from the Union Territory.


Mr. Deol said that tour operators and drivers would be solely responsible if the tourists made any contact with the Jarawas. He also stated that plain clothed police officials would act as terrorists and be used to catch drivers, agents and operators who promote “Jarawa tourism”. Any possession of video clips of the Jarawa tribals would lead to immediate arrest.


Police also said that a tourist from Paschim Banga was detained recently for taking videos of two men from the same tribe on the Andaman Trunk Road. His camera was seized and he was detained at Jirkatang check post. This tourist was let off with a warning as his camera had two footages with Jarawa men walking on the Andaman trunk road.

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