• PEOPLE CLUSTER: DALIT - VALMIKI

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People groups: 13

Population: 9,873,600

Unreached people groups: 5

UPG population: 2,883,600

Unengaged UPGs: 2

UUPG population: 24,600

Number of countries: 2


Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples

Overview: The Valmiki (Balmiki) are a Dalit community of India. The Valmiki include the Bhangi, Mehtar, Lalbegi and a few other communities. They are widely distributed in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Chandigarh. Dalit is a Sanskrit term meaning "broken or scattered" and refers to the lowest caste in India, often characterized as "untouchable".

  -- K. S. Singh, People of India. Volume IV. India's Communities A-G. Delhi: Oxford University Press (1998). Pp. 233-236

Peoples within this cluster: Balmiki, Andamani; Balmiki, Awadhi; Balmiki, Haryanvi; Balmiki, Pahari; Balmiki, Panjabi; Bhangi, Bengali; Bhangi, Chhattisgarhi; Bhangi, Gujarati; Bhangi, Hindu; Bhangi, Konkani; Bhangi, Mewari; Chuhra

Countries where they are found: India; Pakistan


People groups: 13

Population: 9,873,600

Unreached people groups: 5

UPG population: 2,883,600

Unengaged UPGs: 2

UUPG population: 24,600

Number of countries: 2