Khatik, Hindu in India






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Introduction / History

Khatik word is derived from the Sanskrit language word Khat. In English Khatik means "butcher". In ancient times the main profession of Khatik Caste was to slaughter and prepare sheep and goats. Later there occupation was tanning the skin and selling the hairs of sheep in the market and export the same to western countries for using the same as wig. And also to sell the meat of goat as a butcher. Nowadays people of Khatik Caste are selling vegetables and do the bussiness as scrap dealers. Most of the people are street vendor collecting waste paper, scrap and plastic on the bicycle. There are some doctors, engineers,teachers and advocate, management and administrative staff.

Where Are they Located?

In India, there are located mainly in Village - Dujana District-Jhajjar (Haryana State) near Capital of India-New Delhi. In New Delhi, Haryana (Rohtak, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Karnal, Ambala) Chandigarh, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Found throughout India, the Khatik community began as hunters and butchers, though some claim warrior caste origin. Because they once handled carcasses, they are among the lowest in the Hindu social system. Some castes will not eat or drink with them. Today, most are in animal husbandry, agriculture, service industries, and government agencies. Clan leaders and law vary, but are always controlling factors in maintaining social cohesion and discipline. Their marriages are endogamous. Most speak Hindi, but many speak regional languages, often with Hindi as a second language. Because they value education, about 50 percent of their populace is literate. Literacy rates are higher among men than among women.

They lives in small houses, usually on the outskirts of the villages or towns. Early Khatiks were hard working and honest people.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are supersitious, devotee of Goddess Durga, Parvati, Ganesh, Hanuman, Shiv Shankar, Sai, Kabir.

Their cultural and religious history suggests they are open to change. Professional ties can cross religious, clan, and caste barriers. Although the majority are Hindus, some are Sikhs or Muslims. Some converted away from Hinduism to avoid caste discrimination. Whether Hindus, Sikhs or Muslims, their practices are often tinged with Animism. Those who decide to follow Christ can be disciplined, ostracized or excommunicated. Few are Christian of any form. For most there are no evangelistic media available.

What Are Their Needs?

Their needs are land, houses, education, and daily food.

Prayer Points

* Pray for ministries that meet felt needs, for increased literacy, especially for women.
* Pray for Bible distribution and showing the Jesus Film in their communities.
* Pray for churches to adopt the Khatiks.
* Pray for a caste-wide breakthrough for the Gospel.

Profile Source:   Virender Buswala / Keith Carey  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-22
People Name General Khatik, Hindu
People Name in Country Khatik, Hindu
Population in India 2,341,000
World Population 2,342,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aray, Are Marati, Are War, Arewaru, Chikvi, Chikwa, Kasab, Kasai, Kasar, Katagaru, Katik, Katika, Katike, Katikulu, Katuga, Katuka, Khasabulu, Khasi, Khatika, Kulal, Kunjara, Land Khasabalu, Sasai, Surya Vamsamvar, Suryachelad
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Khatik, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17301
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  22  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (976,000) Rajasthan (423,000) Telangana (276,000) Delhi (189,000)
Madhya Pradesh (142,000) Maharashtra (110,000) Haryana (60,000) Bihar (44,000)
Gujarat (33,000) West Bengal (19,000) Karnataka (18,000) Andhra Pradesh (15,000)
Punjab (15,000) Uttarakhand (13,000) Chhattisgarh (3,200) Chandigarh (2,800)
Odisha (1,300) Himachal Pradesh (900) Jharkhand (700) Goa (70)
Total States on file:  22  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (976,000) Rajasthan (423,000)
Telangana (276,000) Delhi (189,000)
Madhya Pradesh (142,000) Maharashtra (110,000)
Haryana (60,000) Bihar (44,000)
Gujarat (33,000) West Bengal (19,000)
Karnataka (18,000) Andhra Pradesh (15,000)
Punjab (15,000) Uttarakhand (13,000)
Chhattisgarh (3,200) Chandigarh (2,800)
Odisha (1,300) Himachal Pradesh (900)
Jharkhand (700) Goa (70)
Languages & Dialects on file:  42  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (1,385,000) Telugu (234,000) Bhojpuri (114,000) Marathi (113,000)
Dhundari (78,000) Mewari (59,000) Awadhi (38,000) Marwari (37,000)
Shekhawati (34,000) Gujarati (29,000) Kanauji (27,000) Panjabi, Eastern (22,000)
Merwari (21,000) Kannada (15,000) Bengali (15,000) Bundeli (14,000)
Haryanvi (9,200) Braj Bhasha (9,200) Haroti: Harauti (7,700) Garhwali (6,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 1,385,000 Telugu 234,000
Bhojpuri 114,000 Marathi 113,000
Dhundari 78,000 Mewari 59,000
Awadhi 38,000 Marwari 37,000
Shekhawati 34,000 Gujarati 29,000
Kanauji 27,000 Panjabi, Eastern 22,000
Merwari 21,000 Kannada 15,000
Bengali 15,000 Bundeli 14,000
Haryanvi 9,200 Braj Bhasha 9,200
Haroti: Harauti 7,700 Garhwali 6,800
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Virender Buswala / Keith Carey  
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