- Dalit teen near Gandhinagar was attacked by unidentified men on Tuesday
- Young men are posting photos online of them twirling moustaches
- Two Dalit men were thrashed last month allegedly for sporting moustache
Hundreds of Dalit men from nearby villages have protested reportedly by changing their WhatsApp display photo to the picture of a big moustache with 'Mr Dalit' written below it. In a social media campaign, young Dalit men are posting pictures on Twitter that show them twirling their moustaches.
Digant was with Piyush, 24, when he was beaten last week and his family has alleged that the teen was attacked yesterday because his older cousin had lodged an FIR against the men who attacked him.
The police said it is filing an FIR or First Information Report.
Another Dalit man, Krunal Maheria, told the police last week that he was assaulted by some Rajput men for "sporting a moustache" in the same village. On Sunday, a young Dalit man was killed in a village in Anand district, about 250 km away, allegedly by upper caste Patel men who objected to his watching a Garba outside a temple.
Gujarat witnessed its most serious protests by Dalits last July, after the four Dalit men were tied to a car and flogged for allegedly killing a cow, when, in fact, they were removing the carcass of a cow that had died of natural causes.
The opposition has accused Gujarat's BJP government of failing to protect Dalits in the state, where assembly elections will be held later this year.