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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 02:39 AM IST

Missionary’s killing : US not to take action against Sentinelese tribe

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New Delhi: The US is not pursuing action against the Sentinelese tribe members who killed an American missionary trying to enter their forbidden island, according to the top State Department official for religious freedom.

“The US govt has not asked or pursued any sort of sanctions that the Indian govt would take against the tribal people in this case,” said Samuel Brownback, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. “It’s a tragic situation and a tragic case of what’s happened, but that’s not something that’s been asked,” he said, answering a reporter’s question during a news video conference.

if he would require the Indian govt to take action against the Sentinelese tribe or recommend US sanctions on them. American fundamentalist Christian missionary John Allen Chau was killed in November by tribespeople when he illegally went to the North Sentinel Island in the Andamans to convert them.

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The Sentinelese do not allow outsiders on their island and kill visitors. The Indian government also does not permit visits to the island in deference to their desire to be isolated and also to protect their fragile immune systems from diseases, the simplest of which could be deadly to them.

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Published on: Saturday, February 09, 2019, 08:36 AM IST
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