The Haris numbered 390,619 in the 2001 census and were 2.1 per cent of the scheduled caste population of West Bengal. 49.5 per cent of the Haris were literate – 61.6 per cent males and 36.8 per cent females were literate.
Traditionally, the Haris were scavengers, sweepers and swine herds but some were cultivators. In Birbhum district, they were divided into four subcastes: Bhuinmali or cultivators, Dai/ Phul Hari or midwives, Kahar Hari or palanquin bearers, and Mehtar Hari or sweepers.
- O’Malley, L.S.S., Bengal District Gazeteers, Birbhum, p.41, 1996 edition, Government of West Bengal
- O’Malley, L.S.S., Bengal District Gazaeteers, Bankura, pp. 65-67, 1995 edition, Government of West Bengal
- "West Bengal, Census of India 2001, Data Highlights – The Scheduled Castes" (PDF). Office of the Registrar General, India. Retrieved 2009-06-28.