Bhantu

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The Bhantu are a Hindu caste found in North India, and those in Uttar Pradesh have scheduled caste status .[1]

Origin[edit]

The word bhantu in Hindi said to mean different. They were one of the many nomadic groups found in North India. The Bhantu are the Sisodia clan of Suryavanshi Rajputs soldiers in the army of Maharana Pratap, who after his defeat at the hands of the Mughal Emperor Akbar dispersed into forests. Their the community took up dacoity and theft. During the period of British, they were notified under the Criminal Tribes Act. Many were exiled to the Andaman Islands. In 1952, they were allowed to return to Uttar Pradesh, and many were settled in Shekhupur village in Badaun District. They are now found mainly in the districts of Moradabad, Kanpur, Varanasi and Kheri. One of the brave bhantu were the Sultana Daku who never caught by english men. The life story of Sultana Daku can be read at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Confession_of_Sultana_Daku [2]

Present circumstances[edit]

The community consists of seven exogamous clans, the Gaado, Dholia, Cherele, Banswale, Dhapan, Sadheke, Mina and Marwari. Marriages are strictly prohibitted within the clans.[3]

The Bhantu were traditionally a nomadic community involved with in dacoity and robbery. Most Bhantus are now settled, and are involved with daily wage labour. A small number are a now petty traders as well. The community is Hindu, and their tribal deity is Sheranwali Mataji.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part One edited by A Hasan & J C Das pages 263 to 267 Manohar Publications
  2. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part One edited by A Hasan & J C Das pages 263 to 267 Manohar Publications
  3. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part One edited by A Hasan & J C Das pages 263 to 267 Manohar Publications