Aizawl: Around 3000 people could not be
enumerated during the ongoing Census in Christian dominated
Mizoram because of superstitious belief with the deadline
passing yesterday, official sources said today.
The sources said that census officials would seek
extension of the deadline from the state government and if it
refused to do so, these people would not be enrolled in the
Census and National Population Register.
Reports from the deputy commissioners, designated as
Principal Census Officers, of all the eight districts said
that while few of these people relented, the majority still
refused to enroll themselves saying they were ready to face
any punitive action from the government.
These people declared that they had no objection to
being enrolled in the census, but refused to be marked with
the Unique ID for fear of the Biblical `Beast` or the Devil,
the sources said.
The fear of the Beast stemmed from the Revelations
chapter in the Bible which says that at the end of days or the
end of the world only those who were marked or identified with
the Beast would be able to buy or sell property.
The UID Authority of India, on the other hand, states
that those without the UID would be unable to buy or sell
property in the country.