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The Mahtam are a clan found among the Punjabis of India and Pakistan. They practice Hindu, Sikh and Muslim religions.

During British rule in India, they were stigmatized under the Criminal Tribes Act 1871.[1]

The term Mahtam is now used only for the Hindu and Muslim branches of the tribe, while the Sikh branch is now known as Rai Sikhs.[2]


  1. ^ Punjab - Police and Jails The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908, v. 20, p. 363.
  2. ^ People of India Punjab Volume XXXVII edited by I.J.S Bansal and Swaran Singh pages 367 to 372 Manohar