`Human safaris`: UK MPs call for road closure

Last Updated: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 17:51

London: Concerned over reports of `human
safaris` in the Andaman Islands, British lawmakers have tabled
a motion in the parliament calling upon the Indian government
to close the Andaman Trunk Road that cuts through the Jarawa
tribe`s reserve.

The `early day motion` (EDM) on the controversial subject
has been tabled by MPs Andrew George and Dan Rogerson in the
House of Commons.

Expressing concern over reports that tourists were
treating the recently contacted Jarawa tribe like attractions
in a `human safari park`; the motion "notes that the abuse was
carried out on the Andaman Trunk Road which was ordered to be
closed by the Supreme Court of India in 2002".

The motion expresses concern that the Indian government
was allegedly yet to act on the Supreme Court`s ruling despite
the current storm of protest, and urged the government to
provide an alternative route, "and to take immediate action to
close the Andaman Trunk Road in compliance with the law".

EDMs are used for reasons such as publicising the views of
individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or
campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary
support for a particular cause or point of view.

Although there is very little prospect of EDMs being
debated in the House, many attract much public interest.

On Sunday, The Observer published details of two new
videos allegedly showing police and military men being
involved in `human safaris`.

Sir Graham Watson, Member of the European Parliament and
Chair of the Parliament`s Delegation to India, has described
the Jarawa`s exploitation as a `disgrace`, adding he would
take up the issue with Indian officials.

Survival International, the London-based charity
organisation that has campaigned on the issue of `human
safaris`, today called on people to write emails through its
website, urging the Indian government to take immediate
action.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 17:51

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