PORT BLAIR: Expressing deep anguish over the shocking video of semi-naked Jarawa women, Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Bhopinder Singh has directed the Director General of Andaman and Nicobar Police to complete the investigation into the incident on a fast-track basis to nab the culprits.
Terming the act of ‘Jarawa videography’ as “deplorable and disgraceful act against humanity”, the Lt. Governor ordered fast track investigation “so that they can be meted out exemplary punishment.” In an official note released last night, the Lt Governor said that in recent years, the Administration had taken various measures for the protection and welfare of Jarawa tribes and other indigenous tribes. “For the first time in the 150 years of settlement, the number of Jarawa population has gone up by 40 per cent in the last 10 years. The administration has carefully addressed over 1,500 medical requirements of the Jarawas as and when sought by the Jarawas themselves with exclusive wards dedicated to them to ensure sensitivity of handling their cases in the clinics and hospitals,” the Bhopinder Singh said.
“Over the past many years, the Jarawas and the nontribal population have been living in a very peaceful and harmonious manner in their respective areas of these farflung islands,” he said.
“However, an incident of this nature by some mischievous elements will not only create a misunderstanding and rift amongst the tribals and the non-tribal population but also shame our islanders in particular and our country in general. Therefore, there is a need to weed out these bad elements from our islands which enjoy the reputation of being a very peaceful, secular and a unique model of unity in diversity to the entire world,” the Lt Governor mentioned in an official release of Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration.
The Lt Governor has directed the Director General of Police to launch a crack down on all such dubious tour operators.