Despite the fact that local police have denied involvement in illegal human safaris of endangered tribals in India's Andaman islands, two new and undated videos, obtained by British newspaper The Observer, have raised even more questions of the reality of the situation.
The footage shows half-naked girls of the island's Jarawa tribe dancing before a man believed to be a member of the Indian police forces and seems to provide evidence of the authorities' involvement in the exploitation of the tribals.
The new videos raise fresh questions about the complicity of officers who are supposed to be protecting the tribe, The Observer reported.
The second clip is shorter and zoomed in; it focuses on the state of undress of the tribal women, with men supposedly in Indian military uniform nearby.
Neither video... dates tampe(re)d, but the longer one is understood to have surfaced about two months ago in Port Blair, the newspaper noted.
The video shows an individual abusing a young girl who tries to run away and protect herself. The man then appears to snub the girl, telling her, in Hindi, to get lost.
In a three-minute clip shot with a mobile phone, some people are also seen pestering young girls to dance naked.
The Indian government has, on paper, strict rules against the exploitation of the local tribals. However, despite several warnings about the consequences, such cases as those above, it seems, are very common.
The entire affair was released when British newspapers earlier released another video - of half-clad women dancing before tourists, for food. Their instructor, apparently a policeman, was seen accepting bribes.
A non-profit organization - Survival International - launched similar accusations and claimed to have been the first ones to have uncovered the reality of illegal tourism in the region.
The videos, understandably, attracted considerable outrage worldwide and their release was followed by a note from Survival international with references to undercover audio tapes proving human safaris were still common in the area.
The video was carried by The Guardian. It can be seen here.
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