Port Blair: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands
administration on Wednesday termed as "highly irresponsible" the
media reports that said a group of scantily-clad Jarawa tribe
women were allegedly forced to dance in front of tourists.
While the administration expressed that it was not clear
in which year the video clip was recorded, it said it was
amply clear that the person alleged to have asked the women to
do so was not a policeman.
"It is clarified that at the time this video was
recorded, most of the Jarawas did not wear clothes. Even today
those in the jungle are not clothed. It is also obvious that
it is videographer (who is breaking the law of the land) and
who is inciting them to dance," a statement released by the
state police said.
It is amply evident that the person alleged to be a
policeman is not a policeman as has been widely and
erroneously reported, the statement added.
London-based daily Observer, which had claimed in its
report that a policeman had taken bribe to make the tribals,
especially women, dance naked, has also been asked to
apologise to the local police and to "name the videographer so
that legal action could be initiated against him for recording
and releasing the video thereby lowering the dignity of the
members of Jarawa tribe."
Commenting on the role of NGOs SEARCH and Survival
International, the police expressed its surprise over the work
being undertaken by these groups in the name of protecting the
primitive tribes of the world.
The police alleged that the director and employees of the
local NGO have taken up on themselves to draw fat salaries and
benefits from funds donated for primitive tribes.
"It is obvious that funds are low and have to be
stimulated by such sensational lies," it added.