Gujarat Dalit teen who claimed he was stabbed by two Rajpoot men on October 3 allegedly for wearing moustaches, faked the attack to gain media attention, police said.
17-year-old Dalit teen Digant Maheria had claimed that he was attacked allegedly by two Rajput men in the Limbodara village in Gujarat's Gandhinagar district.
According to the Gujarat police, the youth has confessed that he faked the attack "because he wanted media attention" and his attackers were his schoolmates.
"We had registered a complaint and began an investigation. Our suspicion grew when the forensic team visited the spot where the boy claimed to have been stabbed," NDTV quoted police officer Virendra Yadav as saying.
"The team didn't find any blood marks. Neither did we, on examination of the boy's clothes, find them soiled, despite the attack allegedly having taken place in a muddy patch," he added.
The incident of “fake attack” took place days after a Dalit youth was killed in the same district for sporting moustaches.
Following the attack, several Dalit men started protesting and changed their WhatsApp display picture to a twirled-up moustache with crown and “Mr Dalit” written on it.
The “Mr Dalit” intensified after an alleged attack on Digant and people started posting pictures on social media twirling their moustaches.