Introduction / History
The Bhangi are an Indian Caste that used to be classed as untouchable in the past. They have many subdivisions. They would rather be called Balmiki or Valmiki. They were restricted to three types of work which are cleaning toilets, sweeping and scavenging. Scavenging can sometimes mean handling dead people. A child in a Bhangi family was forced to do this kind of work mainly because of finances.
Although attempts have been made to improve sanitation and this includes banning the manual removal of human waste, some Bhangis are yet doing that kind of work now and they are very much discriminated against. Even Dalit castes classed as backward such as the Dhobi who are washer men are socially higher than the Bhangi. Higher castes amongst the Dalits would not have anything to do with lower caste Bhangis who are described as "outcasts even amongst outcasts".
What Are Their Beliefs?
Some Bhangis are Muslims though most Bhangis are strong Hindus but some have gone to other religions to get away from the social position that they have. This has generally not brought about changes for the better for them. In spite of all this, there are some Bhangis classed as Hindu saints.
What Are Their Needs?
Most Bhangis are refused education, teachers and students not wanting them. It is very difficult for the Bhangis to find work as they are unwanted.
* Pray that they will meet Indian Christians who will show them love and give them the gospel message so the Bhangis will come to Jesus Christ and at last find true happiness.
* Pray things will get better for them financially and socially.
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