New Delhi: After the disturbing pictures and
reports of exploitation of Jarawa women, there is something to
cheer about as official figures reveal that the population of
the tribe, said to be stagnant for years, is on the rise.
Population of the Jarawas who are one of the
hunting-gathering Negrito tribes of Andaman Islands has gone
from 240 in 2001 to 383 in 2011, Government today said.
"Last 10 years the Jarawa population has gone up by 40
per cent," Tribal Affairs Minister Kishore Chandra Deo told
"There are 141 children below 10 years and 99 in the age
group of 11 to 20," he said quoting an official document.
Terming it as a "positive sign", Deo said his Ministry
along with the Andaman administration would see that they get
proper living facility, "their food needs are met, see that
culture and tradition is well protected".
Citing the exploitation of Jarawas that came to limelight
recently, he said the Government would also ensure that "there
is no exploitation of this sort."