Vaghri, Hindu traditions in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Vagri (a Scheduled Caste in India) are said to have derived their name from the Sanskrit wagura, meaning a net; and Vagri are said to have gotten this name because many Vagri were professional hunters. Vagris are further divided into five main sub-castes. During the Colonial period, Vagri were listed under the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871, as being a tribe "addicted to the systematic commission of non-bailable offences." They suffered greatly as a result of this decision, and are still suffering the consequences. In Pakistan, they are landless and have been subject to discrimination at the hands of the locally powerful Sodha Rajput community. Like those in India, the Pakistan Vagri are Hindu.

Ministry Obstacles

Lack of workers is an obstacle to the advance of the Gospel in all nations of the world, but especially so in South Asia.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray the Vaghri will discover the availability of the Jesus film, Gospel recordings and scripture on the Internet. Pray that many, many people will download or listen to these materials and that the Lord will give them understanding.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no Christians among the Vaghri, according to the census of Pakistan and India. There may be a few secret believers, and they need prayer.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for improved employment opportunities for the Vaghri community, and for rapidly rising literacy rates, especially among the youth.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-28
People Name General Vaghri, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Vaghri, Hindu traditions
Population in Pakistan 6,800
World Population 586,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bagri, Baori, Bella, Betigar, Datia, Malia, Murli, Salar, Salat, Vagher, Vagri, Vavania, Vedu, Wadvi, Wagher, Waghri, Waghya, Wagri, Wather
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (6,700) Punjab (30)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (6,700) Punjab (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Vaghri (4,500) Sindhi (1,300) Koli, Kachi (300) Saraiki (200)
Kachchi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Vaghri 4,500 Sindhi 1,300
Koli, Kachi 300 Saraiki 200
Kachchi 30
For Primary Language: Vaghri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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