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Andaman Police to Take Strong Action Against Jarawa Tourism

Jan 18, 03:56 PM

Andaman Police have launched a crackdown on travel agents and tourists alike who exploit the nearly extinct Jarawa tribe after a video footage showcasing the tribe in a bad light and being taken advantage of by tourists have gone viral. Read on...

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 the future.

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 concluded.


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