The video shows three women dancing for the tourists, as a camera points at them, and the police officer reminding them, “I gave you food.”
The women dance in synchronised steps, waiting for another car to come and give them more food. Then the camera pans to the woman trying to cover herself with a bag of grain, who awkwardly stays fixed, to the policemen’s calls: “Dance now! Dance for me.”
The Indian government has asked the Andaman and Nicobar administration to explain the incident. Law and minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid has said that strict action should be taken against those responsible .
Following the release of the video, NDTV reported Tribal Affairs Minister KC Deo as saying that the video is 10 years old, with the Andaman Island’s chief secretary saying that now, it was difficult to identify the culprits. The authorities said things are different now.
However, New York Times’ India blog India Ink tweeted that NGE S.A.N.E has told them such tours no longer happen and the video is 3 to 4 years old: “theAndaman “shock” video on @guardian site 3 or 4 years old, NGO S.A.N.E just told @HariNYT . These private tours no longer happening.”