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 Saibani.
Congress MP Pradeep Majhi said he would take up the issue with Union Tribal Welfare Ministry. We tribals cant be portrayed like zoo animals for amusement of urban people, said Majhi.