Port Blair, July 7: Taking a cognizance of objectionable videography and photographs of the protected Jarawa and other tribal communities of the Andaman Islands on ‘Youtube’ social media platform, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribe (NCST) has initiated sternest action against it.
For removal of these objectionable video films from YouTube and initiate action on those who uploaded these video clips on social media platform, the commission has decided to take up the matter with Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Island.
As per provisions of Andaman and Nicobar Island (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 1956 dated 18.6.1956, the Andamanese, Jarawas, Onges, Sentinelese, Nicobarese and Shom Houses have been identified as ‘Aboriginal tribes’. Hence this PAT contains the provisions of protection of these communities from the outside snooping.
In 2012, the penalty provision was made for promoting tourism through advertisements relating to aboriginal tribes. Under section 7, which prohibits entry into reserve areas, says that whoever enters in this area in contravention of the notification or takes photographs or videos will be punishable with imprisonment up to three years. Section 3 (r) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act) also attracted.
The all over population of the tribes living in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is about 28077 from which Andamanese, Jarawas, Onges, Sentinelese, Nicobarese and Shom have a population of below 500.
The Jarawas are an indigenous people of the Andaman Islands in India. They live in parts of South Andaman and Middle Andaman Islands. They have largely rejected interaction with outsiders, and many particulars of their society, culture, and traditions are poorly understood.
The Jarawas are recognised as an ‘Adivasi’ group in India. Along with other indigenous Andamanese peoples, they have inhabited the islands for at least several thousand years, and most likely a great deal longer. The Andaman Islands have been known to outsiders since ancient times; however, until quite recent times they were infrequently visited and such contacts were mainly irregular and temporary. For the greater portion of their history, their only significant contact has been with other Andamanese groups. Through many decades the contact to the tribe has diminished quite significantly.