Aizawl/Sialhawk (zoramobserver.com): After weeks of being “instructed” by God to “live and imitate a sinful coupling lifestyle,” some Christian youths from Mizoram’s Sialhawk village are getting the limelight again in the predominantly Christian state by staging “public drinking of alcohol and party lifestyle”.
All these in the name of asking the people of the state to “repent their sinful ways”.
Much to the amusement of onlookers, these youths took to the streets and staged “drinking alcohol and partying” earlier this week.
However, some people on social media like Facebook and WhatsApp started posting clips and photos on YouTube and WhatsApp without providing much context thereby making the youths look like they were actually drinking alcohol or sleeping together in public.
Zoramobserver.com contacted some villagers and also one of the members of the group and they denied such claims. The youths are “just staging the sinful ways of people across Zoram and that they do not use real alcohol”. “The red tea was used instead,” they said. Zoramobserver.com cannot independently verify these claims.
The groups which called themselves Jerusalem Isua Krista Kohhran (Church of Jerusalem Jesus Christ) claimed that they are “directed by the Holy Spirit” to act in such such manners, in order to highlight the “sinful ways” of a mass section of the society across the state.
One of their messages, inspired by the Bible (Matthew 3.2), read: People of Zoram, Repent Now. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’
Here’s one video clip from Sialhawk village posted on YouTube, without providing a context, by one YouTube user.
While some people said that ‘the youths are using real alcoholic drinks’ while others cast doubts on the issue. “They are just acting in order to highlight their cause,” says another source.
It is not yet clear what the state administration and the police are doing to verify such claims and counter-claims. “If, the youths are really drinking real alcohol in public space, they could be penalised,” another source said.