WSH issues stern warning against abuse of social media

DIMAPUR, APR 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/17/2020 11:43:31 AM IST

Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) has issued a strong warning against those persons who abuse social media platforms especially in Facebook etc. to character assassinate, post video clips with fake information and also mocking some communities etc.

In a statement, WSH particularly viewed misuse of social media by “some irresponsible persons of Sumi community” who tarnish the image of Sumis and greatly embarrassing the entire Sumi community through such activities. WSH cited a video clip where migrant labourers were stopped by some persons and body temperatures taken with “a car music player” which it said brought mockery and ridicule. WSH said such clowning sent a wrong message of racial discrimination to the outside. WSH said there was no time for such foolish and mischievous acts and warned of stern action against those who made the video clip.

WSH also warned of strong action against the “callous and irrational behaviour” against one person (supposedly an underground functionary) who circulated a fake video clip about the status of an infected person. WSH warned that circulation of unverified and unauthentic messages could only crate more confusion in these difficult times.

WSH has drawn attention on “some Sumi pastors of Western Sumi villages” who were hyperactive and who excessively indulged in social media platform such as Facebook in posting comments over every issue related to government, society or individuals and character assassination that was “unbecoming of servants of God”. WSH said this has raised questions about the “credibility of our pastors for such reckless behaviour. WSH has cautioned such pastors to use media platforms in a positive and responsible way. By such activities, these persons have brought damage to the reputation of many people by causing harassment and mental agony.

WSH warned that such persons that it will not bear any responsibility if legal action on defamation are taken against them.

Further, WSH said it has asked the Executive Secretary WSBAK “to control and take exemplary action on these pastors before they bring disrepute to the Sumis.” WSH said it would impose disciplinary action if such persons fail to comply with its directives.

WSH also noted that some churches had flouted the directives of the central and state government, NBCC and WSBAK to not hold Easter Sunday Services and suspend all forms of mass gathering . 

WSH said the prohibition at present was for the common safety of all and should be followed. It therefore, warned that it will take strong action on those who wilfully violated and disregarded the advisory and also appealed to all Sumis to “act responsibly, maturely and abstain from bringing further shame and disgrace to the community.”

Police arrest 1 over viral video

Dimapur Police, through its official Twitter handle, Friday evening informed that they arrested one Heveto Awomi of Nihoto Village based on a suo moto FIR lodged in connection with a video clip showing some non local individuals being physically screened by a car tape.

Police stated that a case has been registered at Diphupar PS.


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