Know all about Sentinelese


Who are they?

The Sentinelese tribe is one of the most isolated tribes in the world. The tribe, reported to be pre-Neolithic, rejects all contact with outsiders.

Where do they live?

North Sentinel Isalnd, Andaman & Nicobar

Why are they in news?

They reportedly killed and buried an American missionary John Allen Chau, who had gone to the islands without the permission of the Government.

What is special about Sentinelese?

·       They are of negroid origin who were believed to be migrated from Africa millions of years ago.

·       In the first census on the island, taken in 1991, the government estimated that around 117 people were living there. In 2011, the government counted 15 people.

·       Indian laws do not allow anyone to trespass their territory as the tribe, living without vaccines, is highly prone to catch diseases. Till recently, the North Sentinel Island came under India’s Restricted Area Permit (RAP) regime.

·       In June 2018, the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) was withdrawn from 29 islands, including the North Sentinel Island, which required foreigners to take special permission to visit them.


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