Bachhada in India

The Bachhada have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bachhada or Bachara were classified as a “criminal” caste during the British colonial period. Many of the men were put in prison or unable to find honest work. The women had to find a way to support themselves and their children. Unfortunately, they turned to prostitution. Men come from hundreds of miles away to pay to have sexual relations with Bachhada girls as young as 11. The girls are groomed to be prostitutes from a young age and the boys are trained to become their pimps. Many of the Bachhada children do not have last names because they do not know the identity of the father. The Indian government and many NGOs have tried to break this sad tradition of the Bachhada but many villages still utilize prostitution as their main means of financial support. Most of the Bachhada are either illiterate or functionally illiterate.

The primary language of the Bachhada is Hindi. Many Christian resources exist in Hindi including the whole Bible and the JESUS film.


Where Are they Located?

The Bachhada people live in villages in India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bachhada believe that the only way for them to make a living is prostitution or other criminal activity. Other Indians look down upon the Bachhada. Women often have temporary male partners. The men come and go as they please when they are grow tired of the woman or a better situation appears. Such a cycle of poverty and illegal behavior is difficult to break. Many of the Bachhada children do not attend school or attend school until they become old enough to become prostitutes and pimps.

Jesus Christ is the only hope for the Bachhada. He changes His followers into new creations who want to do His will.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bachhada people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Bachhada people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bachhada people need to find a constructive way to earn a living through learning new job skills. They need to find ways to help themselves and their nation rather than destroying the lives of their daughters through prostitution and sons through pimping. Solar panels can bring electricity to Bachhada villages. The Bachhada would benefit by access to modern medicine and secondary schools. They need to hear and understand that Jesus Christ can forgive their sins and bring them new life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bachhada in India.

* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Bachhada communities.
* Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Bachhada people.
* Pray for the Bachhada people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Bachhada people to change their society from within.


References

https://indianexpress.com/article/express-sunday-eye/a-girl-on-the-highway-5240780/
https://tv.mathrubhumi.com/en/news/india/prostitution-in-mp-1.14885
https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/living/story/19880131-tradition-compels-prostitution-among-banchchara-community-in-madhya-pradesh-769015-2013-11-19


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bachhada
People Name in Country Bachhada
World Population 19,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names बच्चड़ा
People ID 16271
ROP3 Code 111396
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
19,000
Rajasthan
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Madhya Pradesh 19,000
  Rajasthan 20
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (17,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Malvi
2,200
Primary Language Hindi (17,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Malvi 2,200
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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