Mehtar, is name of the sweeper or scavenger caste.
As per Hindu tradition Mehtar or Mihtar was the sweeper or scavenger caste. They were believed to be very unclean and despicable tribe. The caste has many sub-divisions which are perfectly distinct from one another and do not intermarry. In Oudh and some other districts the clans or the people do intermarry.
The Helas, another sub- division does not touch dogs, an important distinction in the eyes of the caste because the cleaning and feeding of dogs is one of the usual duties that it performs.
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