Aizawl: Self-proclaimed Godman of Mizoram preacher James Lalramliana, arrested for molestation of a minor in church. Mizoram police have apprehended self-proclaimed Miracle performer and preacher James Lalramliana for sexual abuse of a 16 years old girl. The preacher, who has fled Sailutar village after his sexual abuse allegations came to light, was arrested by police on Wednesday night (06/10/21) from his hideout. The 'preacher' was allegedly found sexually abusing a minor girl.
According to reports, a minor girl from Sailutar village confessed that James Lalamliana, who has been doing ministry (Christian religious supervisor appointed by the church) in their village for the past months, was frequently intimate with her has often made her drink alcohol. The preacher James Lalamliana often abused her sexually once she got drunk.
After the shocking revelation of the minor girl, an FIR was lodged by her family in Darlawn police station. The Village council of Sailutar banished James on the same night and warned him to never step into their village again.
The sexual abuse allegedly happened during one of James' bizzare ministries where teenage minors were forced together in a church for 40 days. They alleged that James would often request their presence with him inside the "Holy place". The victim further alleged that James threatened to kill her family with supernatural power if she did not comply. The minor made this confession during a prayer meeting and has expressed guilt and shame over it. An FIR was registered in Darlawn, and Darlawn police have apprehended James on Wednesday in Aizawl, where he had fled.
As per the report, James Lalramliana is a street preacher who has overstayed his ministry in Sailutar, claiming that "Elijah's altar is about to arrive". He has many followers in Sailutar, who have allegedly defended him in the past, even after his alleged crimes started to surface. He was reported to have taken shelter in the village's Sunday school hall, but later relocated to an apartment provided by his followers.
The arrested preacher James has claimed to perform many supposed "Miracles", including transforming water into wine. A few months ago, his failed attempt at resurrecting a dead man through his "Power" and prayer created a big buzz in Mizoram.
Over the past years, many intellectuals and religious leaders in Mizoram have expressed concerns over his style of ministry.
As per Aizawl district SP Lalruaia, a case had been registered against the accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
The accused was sent to judicial custody by a local court and is now in Central jail, Aizawl.