(Last Updated on : 16-09-2009)
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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