Cop who video-graphed Jarawa women arrested

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 15:34

Port Blair: Cracking the case of videography
of semi-naked Jarawa tribal women, police today arrested a
constable who had allegedly asked the victims to dance and had
shot their video.

The Andaman and Nicobar Police arrested constable
Silvarious Kindo after interrogating him at length following
his identification by the victims.

"The probe reveals that the video was possibly shot in
the months of July to November, 2007. The said video, which
was broadcast on news channels, has also been sent for
forensic examination to ascertain its date of recording and
the device used to record the same," a police spokesperson
The police was able to crack the case after a minute
inspection of the video in which a police constable in Khaki
was seen. Following the lead, police identified all five
tribal women seen in the video with the help of Aadim Janjati
Vikasd Samiti, sources said.

After recording the statements of the victims, it came to
light that that constable in the video is one Claton. The
police searched records of all officials who had served with
Claton at JPP Jirkatang were scrutinised and 40 officials were
The victims were asked to identify the personnel, who has
asked them to dance in front of camera, on February 19. The
identification parade was done along the of the Andaman Trunk
Road with the help of Aadim Janjati Vikasd Samiti staff.

During the identification parade all the three victims
identified Silvarious Kindo as the culprit who allegedly asked
them to dance and video recorded them.

He has been arrested and put under suspension, they said.

The case relates to a video allegedly shot by some
policemen wherein semi-naked girls of Jarawa tribe were asked
to dance.

The video was first posted on a UK newspaper`s website
on February 5, flashed on news channels across the country
raising sharp reactions on the alleged exploitation of the
vulnerable Jarawa tribals.

The police, which was already probing the case of a
similar video, registered fresh case on February 6 in this
regard under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code,
Information and Technology Act, SC and ST Prevention of
atrocities Act and Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation.

"Further investigations are in progress and efforts are
still being made to identify the persons in camaflouge uniform
seen in the first video, which was possibly shot on September
25, 2008," the spokesperson said.

The incident took place on the 330 kilometer-long Andaman
Trunk Road serves a vital communication link of North and
Middle Andamans and of its settlements and out of this 56 kms
of this road passes through the Jarawa Reserve.


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First Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 15:31

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