In a first, Aboriginal from Andaman may face arrest; tests India's protection

16 March 2016, 02:11 PM
Aboriginal
Aboriginal

The Jarawa tribe in south Andaman is untouched and have been left alone for ages. However, soon a member of the tribe may be arrested for a crime which will leave you in shock! The tribe made news on Wednesday after it was reported that the police will be arresting a member of the tribe- in a first unprecedented case.

According to reports, the accused a Jarawa man, Tatehane, is accused of killing his baby – who was lighter in skin tone than the tribe.

It is suspected that the murder took place over suspicion that the baby’s mother was impregnated by a non-tribesman to maintain the “purity and sanctity” of the Jarawa society.

Local tribal welfare officer, M Janagi Savuriyammal, was alerted from her field staff and rushed to the camp to find the baby missing and his mother crying silently.

The officer filed a complaint with the police, triggering off an unprecedented sequence of events that hadn’t occurred in the past two centuries.

According to eye witness, Tatehane was drinking with an outsider, who later slipped into the woman’s hut and took her baby. The child was later found buried in sand.

Police have arrested the outsider and 25-year-old suspected father of the baby but have not yet arrested Tatehane, instead appealed for guidance from the department of tribal welfare.

The 400-strong Jarawa tribe, lives in complete cultural isolation until 1998 and follows own rituals and live in the 800 square kilometers of forest where they survive by hunting and gathering.

Tourism is not allowed anywhere near them as their declining population has turned vulnerable to a host of diseases and germs brought by outsiders due to the lack of immunity and resistance.

First Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 02:06 PM
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