Japanese Occupation of Car Nicobar Island (1942-45)

Andaman Islands
Car Nicobar Island is a small island which is part of the Andaman Islands. These islands for centuries remained obscure and away from the touch of main civilization. The Europeans occupied them and the British established sovereignty over them in the 19th century. The British used the main island as a penal jail and established the cellular jail there. This jail located at Port Blair is a great tourist attraction now.
Car Nicobar
Car Nicobar was also occupied by the British who set up a small garrison at the place.. The journey by boat from Port Blair to Car Nicobar takes about 12 hours.
.It had during World War II a population of about 20,000. The islanders were mostly tribals of Burmese /Thai origin. In 1942 the Japanese Navy over ran the Andaman Islands and a militia of about 200 Sikh soldiers surrendered. One squadron of the Imperial navy proceeded to Car Nicobar Island and took over the island without a fight.
Occupation by Japan
The Japanese decided that an airfield needed to be built on the island. They conscripted the mail population and got the airfield ready in about 5 months. This airfield is now modernized and used by the Indian Air Force.
The real horror now began. The Japanese army needed women for sex. They thought the Nicobar girls would make good mistresses.
Nicobar Girls as Mistresses


The Japanese now began a massacre of the male population. The only males who escaped were those that ran away into the thick jungles. Incidentally these jungles are infested by pythons. The Japanese now forcibly took the hapless girls from the age of 14 as comfort women. It was a sad occasion as the Japanese after beheading the men entered the huts to claim the hapless women as ‘wives’. This torture continued till 1945. In due course they impregnated 90% of the women. It was a horrendous act, but remains a fact of history.
Finale
After the defeat of Japan the Japanese soldiers and the army officers were captured and taken to Singapore and tried for war crimes. All were hanged. But I wonder whether the Japanese soldiers felt any remorse for their acts. The saddest part is that Subhas Bose the India leader who was fighting for independence by joining the Japanese , was a mute spectator. History cannot absolve Bose for this perfidy.