Port Blair: Police on Friday claimed that the
person who was shown in a video ordering semi-naked Jarawa
tribal women to dance naked in front of tourists after
accepting money was not a policeman.
"A close examination of the video clippings telecast
by TV channels revealed that the person in camouflaged uniform
is not a policeman," Andaman and Nicobar`s Director General of
Police SB Deol said.
The video was shot by unknown persons on Andaman Trunk
Road by enticing the Jarawa women and children to violate the
law, he said.
London-based newspaper `Observer` had recently came up
with a video claiming of police involvement in `human safaris`
in the Andaman Islands.
The police have already registered a case against
those involved in filming the video while the Indian
government has also ordered a probe into the reports of Jarawa
women being made to dance and parade for tourists`
Police sources said during the last five years, they
have arrested more than 1000 persons for having illegally
interacted with the protected Jarawa tribe.
The Jarawas, estimated to be around 400 in population
now, live in the reserve forests on South Andamans and have
largely shun contact with the outside world.
Under the Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation,
1956, any attempt to contact Jarawas, photographing them,
stopping vehicles while transiting through their land or
offering them rides is a punishable offence.