The police department has come in the line
of fire after a video footage had gone viral which showcase semi-clad Jarawa
tribal women being made to dance in front of tourists in exchange for food.
The video has created a stir and have
brought shame to the country, especially the island territories of Andaman and
Nicobar amidst the national and international press. After a huge outcry by
human rights activists and intervention by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the
State Police Department headed by the DGP, Mr. SB Deol, have launched a
crackdown of sorts and have vowed to eliminate such incidents from happening in
In the video, semi-clad Jarawa tribal women
were “ordered” to dance before domestic and international tourists in exchange
for food by travel agents and operators.
In a statement issued by the DGP of Andaman
& Nicobar Islands, Mr. SB Deol said that any travel agents, tour operators,
or drivers who are to place advertisements to woo tourists and make interim
contact with the nearly-extinct tribe members will face severe actions and a
“zero tolerance” policy will be adopted.
“There has been a lot of adverse publicity
in the National and International press about ‘Jarawa Tourism’ in the Andaman
Islands. Transcripts have appeared on the net about agents, tour operators and
drivers offering such ‘packages’ to tourists. This has shown the islands, the
public and the administration in poor light. The A&N Police will henceforth
adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards such practices.”
Deol further said, “The world Jarawa
appearing on the website of any tour advertisement will lead to an immediate
case being registered and arrests of those concerned.”
This rather strong statement has come after
another tourist was found in possession of video footage of two men from Jarawa
Tribe. The tourist who hails from West Bengal was detained by police at
Jirkatang Check Post and the video footage was later recovered from him.
The tourist was later released with a
strong warning. Deol has also added that police personnel in plain clothes in
the guise of tourists apart from real tourists will also be utilized to
apprehend any agents, operators and drivers who are promoting “Jarawa Tourism”,
thereby breaking the code of law.
“Section 3 (1) (iii) of the Schedule Caste and
Schedule Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act covers the offence of lowering the
dignity of any schedule tribe. There is a specific offence of lowering the
dignity of any schedule tribe. There is a specific prohibition of anticipatory
bail and imprisonment of five years is prescribed under the law”, the statement