Third Incident of Upper Caste Violence Over Use of ‘Sinh’ Surname Reported in Gujarat

Himatsinh Chauhan (20), who belongs to Koli Thakor, an Other Backward Class (OBC) community, was beaten up by members of the upper-caste Darbar community on Sunday (June 3, 2018) for using ‘Sinh’ (also ‘Singh’) in his name on Facebook. He was also robbed. The incident happened in Un village in Kankrej tehsil of Banaskantha district. This is the third incident of violence by upper-caste assaulters over the use of the caste name ‘Sinh’ to have happened in Gujarat.

Sub-Inspector A K Bharwad of the Thara police station told Deccan Herald that six people had been arrested and an FIR lodged under IPC sections 394 – voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery 395 – dacoity and 506 (b) – criminal intimidation.

In the same district, on May 27, 2018, a man was beaten up and forced to shave his moustache off citing the same reason. The Hindu fundamentalists who attacked him was reported to have seen him use ‘Sinh’ in his name on an invitation card for a religious ceremony at Gaud village in Palanpur. On May 22, members of Rajput caste among Hindus attacked Dalits of Dholka in Ahmedabad when Mauliksinh Jadav, a Dalit man, added ‘Sinh’ to his name on social media site, Facebook.