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NEW DELHI: Two more videos have surfaced showing the protected Jarawas being made to dance for tourists in exchange for food. The latest videos show something even more disturbing. Men in unif

Published: 05th February 2012 03:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:50 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Two more videos have surfaced showing the protected Jarawas being made to dance for tourists in exchange for food. The latest videos show something even more disturbing. Men in uniform are heard speaking Hindi and ordering the tribal to perform.

Britain's Observer newspaper which accessed both videos said it raised questions about the complicity of officers who are supposed to be protecting the tribe. The date of when these were shot is not known.

Meanwhile, Andamans MP Bishnupada Ray has promised to look into the video and take action.

"This is very old video. This is an attempt by NGOs to defame Andaman. There is no threat to the Jarawa tribe now. The Jarawa tribe can not be kept isolated," he said. The administration of Andaman will look into the video and take appropriate action in the case.

Andaman's Chief Secreatry has assured that they will look into who the man in the uniform was. "We are looking into the details of the video. I have asked authorities to look and identify officer. This is an important lead we will ensure action.," he said.

Gethin Chambarlain, the Observer Journalist, who came out with the reports, slammed authorities for disregarding the videos as dated.

"They do add credibility to the point that we've said all along. The authorities have tried to deny all along that these things are taking place. They said that the original video was very old. It wasn't. They have to admit that it wasn't. So these videos have been put up to show that this is happening, that people in positions of authority have been involved in the abuse of this tribe and it'll be very nice if the authorities take these things seriously. This is not an attack on the entire police bvut there are just some bad apples who are spoiling it for everyone else," he said.



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