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01/11/2012 10:56 am ET

Naked Tribespeople Made To Dance For Tourists For Food Sparks Outrage (VIDEO)

A video depicting members of the Jarawa tribe being forced to dance for tourists in exchange for food has caused outrage.

The Jarawa, who inhabit the Andaman Islands, a group of Indian Ocean islands between India and Burma, have been encroached upon by so-called human safaris through their jungle. According to The Guardian, which posted the video, wealthy tourists pay police to make the typically naked women dance.

In the tourist-shot video, Jarawa women can be seen dancing and being shouted at by an off-camera policeman. The policeman allegedly took a bribe of £200 ($308) to take the tourists into the protected Jarawa reserve, reports The Hindu.

"This story reeks of colonialism and the disgusting and degrading 'human zoos' of the past," said Stephen Corry, director of the NGO Survival International, in a press release. "Quite clearly, some people's attitudes towards tribal peoples haven't moved on a jot. The Jarawa are not circus ponies bound to dance at anyone’s bidding."

However, these actions are illegal under Indian law, which forbid photographing or coming into contact with the Jarawa, according to News.com.au.

The administration of the Andaman and Nicobar islands is "totally against Jarawa tourism," according to The Hindu, "but ruled out closure of the Andaman Trunk (ATR) road ordered by the Supreme Court a decade ago to protect the Jarawa habitat." An alternative route might be up for debate in the future.

Apparently, though, this issue is not new. It was first brought to light by Survival International in 2010. In June 2011, the organization called for a boycott of the Andaman Trunk road.

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