Wednesday, February 1, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Tribal Mela: Women ‘models’ pulled out

Tribal Mela: Women 'models' pulled out
Debabrata Mohanty Posted online: Thu Feb 02 2012, 00:22 hrs
Bhubaneswar : A day after The Indian Express reported how aborigine
tribals were being used as live models at the Adivasi Mela hosted by
the Orissa SC/ST welfare department leading to protests from rights
activists, the government pulled out the women tribals.

At the Kutia Kondh stall of the mela, Narendra Majhi, who on Tuesday
said he was promised Rs 100 per day for sitting outside the
make-believe hut, sat with officials from SC/ST department.

"This morning the officials held a meeting and said my wife will not
sit with me. They said some people are taking our pictures and I might
land in jail for that. But why would I be in trouble? Anyway I just
want to go back home the day the mela ends," he said. Sada Juanga from
Gonasika village of Keonjhar district also sat without his wife

Congress MP Pradeep Majhi said he would take up the issue with Union
Tribal Welfare Ministry. "We tribals can't be portrayed like zoo
animals for amusement of urban people," said Majhi.


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