London: `Human safaris` in the Andaman and
Nicobar islands were still continuing, an international
organization working for the protection of tribal rights
alleged on Thursday.
One of the first to highlight unethical contact with the
Jarawa tribe in the islands, Survival International, said a
secret recording of a tour operator telling an undercover
journalist to provide Rs 10-15,000 to pay off the police
proved that the infamous `human safaris` were still happening.
The Indian government has ordered a probe into reports by
`The Observer` that Jarawa tribes were being lured into
dancing and parading for the benefit of tourists in the
islands. The undercover recording was done by journalist
Gethin Chamberlain, the organization said.
Asked how much a trip to see the Jarawa tribe would cost,
the Port Blair-based tour operator says in the recording: "For
the trip, uh, vehicle and? all like Rs 25 to 30,000 like that.
Because the policeman take 10 to 15 like that. And vehicle and
some gift to the tribals also like fruits, biscuits...".
It is alleged that the latest video was shot ten years
ago, before precautions were put in place, but the new audio
recording proves that they continued today, Survival
Survival`s Director Stephen Corry said: "This recording
provides concrete proof that human safaris are still
occurring. The only reason that they are still occurring is
because of the Andaman Trunk Road through the Jarawa reserve".