The Jarawa weren’t contacted by any Indian officials prior to 1996. Then someone built a road through their lands. According to the report, ‘activists were outraged when media reports and videos surfaced of local policemen forcing bare-chested Jarawa women to dance for tourists in exchange for food.’
From the news ticker today comes this good news.
India’s top court bans tourism near Andaman tribe
The Jarawa aren’t completely protected from harm by this ruling–it only proscribes tourists from going within 5 km of the Jarawa settlement. But it’s a step in the right direction. Now if they could just close the road the human safari operators might have to close, too.
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