Khatik (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Khatik word is derived from the Sanskrit language word Khat. Khatik means "butcher." In ancient times the main profession of Khatik caste was to slaughter and prepare sheep and goats. Later their occupation was tanning the skin and selling the hairs of sheep in the market and export the same to western countries to make wigs. They sold the meat of goats to butchers.
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. A small number live in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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. Others sell vegetables. Most of the Khatik people are street vendor collecting waste paper, scrap and plastic. There are some doctors, engineers, teachers, lawyers, managers, and administrators among them.
Their marriages are endogamous, eg, between one man and one woman.
Most speak Hindi, but many speak regional languages, often with Hindi as a second language. Because they value education, about half of their populace is literate. Literacy rates are higher among men than among women.
They live 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 devotees 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?

They need adequate land, housing, 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 Khatik communities.
Pray for churches to adopt the Khatiks.
Pray for a caste-wide breakthrough that will bless the Khatiks for eternity.


Scripture Prayers for the Khatik (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


References

Virender Buswala/Global Prayer Digest


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Khatik (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Khatik (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation kah-teek
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 2,677,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
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; खटीक (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17301
ROP3 Code 112679
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 4,500
Website South Asia Peoples
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (2,800 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
1,800
Primary Language Sindhi (2,800 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 1,800
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more