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.