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India | Tribal peoples say government is doing little to stop destruction of rock art by vandals

The rock paintings in Karikiyoor at Kil Kotagiri in the Nilgiri forests have withstood the forces of nature for some 5,000 years, but in just the last few years, close to 40% of the paintings have been destroyed by trekkers, tourists, and vandals.


Members of the Irula tribal community, who have an ancestral link to the site, said they were “extremely angered” and “disturbed” at the damage by illegal trekkers, who have painted over religious symbols using whitener pens and political messages with chalk, while couples have carved their names on the rocks, permanently disfiguring the priceless pre-historic site. They enter the site without permission.


https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/nilgiri-tribals-tense-as-trekkers-trash-priceless-rock-art/article27407136.ece

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