In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old Dalit boy was stabbed in Gandhinagar village on Tuesday evening, allegedly by upper caste Darbars, for sporting a moustache.
In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old Dalit boy was stabbed in Gandhinagar village on Tuesday evening, allegedly by upper caste Darbars, for sporting a moustache, according to a report by The Indian Express. This was the third incident of this type in the village. The incident took place on Tuesday evening, around 5:30 pm when the boy was returning from school after an examination. He was attacked in Limbodara village in Gandhinagar district, as per the report.
“He is in pain, he received seven stitches. He was attacked with a blade. We have no idea who the two men were. He came home running with a bleeding back. We rushed him to the Civil Hospital in Gandhinagar,” Kajal, the elder sister of the 17-year-old boy was quoted saying by IE. “The first time he was beaten, we did not file an FIR because he is still in school and we thought it could affect his future. Only Piyush and Kunal Maheria filed the FIRs. But this is too much. We are not safe in our own village,” she added.
Last week, in a similar incident, Piyush Parmar (24) was also allegedly attacked by the Darbars for sporting a moustache. Parmar reportedly works for a private power transmission firm in Gandhinagar. After the incident, a FIR was registered on September 27 at the Kalol police station under provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
However, the situation didn’t improve much as yet another Dalit boy, Kunal Maheria, who works for a private telecom company, was attacked for sporting a moustache on September 29. Another FIR was registered on the following day.
Reacting to these incidents, over 300 Dalit men from villages around Sanand have changed their WhatsApp display picture as a logo of a twirled moustache with a crown and Mr Dalit written on it. Meanwhile, Dalit activists in Gujarat have called a protest meet Wednesday outside the Vidhan Sabha.