Tribal Women Ordered to Dance for Food
Corrupt cops in India selling 'human safaris'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 1:00 AM CST
Updated Jan 12, 2012 2:25 AM CST
Jarawa people were ordered to dance for food.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Corrupt cops who were supposed to be protecting a recently contacted tribe from the outside world are treating them like performing animals. On the main road through the Jarawa people's forest homeland in India's Andaman Islands, a Guardian journalist saw tribeswomen naked from the waist up ordered to dance for convoys of tourists who had bribed police. Tourists threw bananas and biscuits to tribespeople at the roadside.

Members of the once reclusive 400-strong tribe only began to venture out of the jungle in 1998, after a member of the tribe was treated in a hospital and spoke enthusiastically of the outside world. They now see the main road as a place to forage, but human rights groups warn that they are being exploited, have begun using alcohol and tobacco, and are beginning to suffer from unfamiliar diseases like measles and mumps. Lawmakers argue that trying to keep the Jarawa away from the outside world is futile. But advocates say the road through their territory should be closed to allow them to decide whether or not they want contact.

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Ucantusethatname
Jan 12, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Dancing for food is more civilized than stripping for dollars.
GreekChorus
Jan 12, 2012 12:49 PM CST
It seems that the members of this tribe DID decide they want contact with the outside world: "Members of the once reclusive 400-strong tribe [...] began to venture out of the jungle in 1998, after a member of the tribe was treated in a hospital and spoke enthusiastically of the outside world."
WallyEFunk
Jan 12, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Don't know why they would want to leave their way of life, but sounds like they need an agent or promoter to protect them if they do. Welcome to the 21st century, may the gods help you.