Banchada in India

The Banchada have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally their women were engaged in prostitution. This practice is declining as Banchada find other ways to make a living. Many Banchada are unable to read and write. During the British colonial period the Banchada were classified as a criminal caste. The Banchada are classified as a scheduled caste so they get special consideration for government jobs and university admissions.

The primary language of the Banchada is Hindi. Many resources are available in Hindi including a complete Bible, radio programs and the JESUS Film. Banchada people live India's central state of Madhya Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Bancada have adopted the professions of playing musical instruments and agricultural labor. Most Banchada do not own the land they work. Some of them have received a college education and now work for the government and in businesses.

Banchada couples tend to have many children. Child labor is common among them. Children often quit school after a few years to help their family make a living. Some Banchada young people are leaving their villages and moving to Indian cities in hope of a better life.

When a Banchada woman is married, she wears a ring on her toe rather than her finger. The eldest Banchada son succeeds the father as the head of the family. He is responsible for taking care of elderly relatives.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Banchada people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Banchada need new job and literacy skills. Rural Banchada need modern medicine and clean water. Most of all the Banchada need to hear and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them abundant life.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Banchada people will hear and respond favorably to the gospel of Christ.

Pray the Lord provides better jobs for the Banchada.

Pray for the Lord to send loving workers to the Banchada people.

Pray for their hearts of the Banchada to seek and find the only Savior.

Pray that Banchada will tune in to Hindi Christian radio programs.

Ask the Lord to raise up a growing church among the Banchada in this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Banchada in India.


References

https://www.dw.com/en/india-prostitution-village-tries-to-go-digital/a-55218882

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/banchhada-a-community-that-celebrates-birth-of-girls-but-for-flesh-trade/articleshow/63353897.cms

https://www.indiati


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banchada
People Name in Country Banchada
Population this Country 43,000
Population all Countries 43,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bancada; Banchhda; बनचड़ा
People ID 16357
ROP3 Code 111496
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
42,000
Rajasthan
400
Chhattisgarh
30
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Madhya Pradesh 42,000
  Rajasthan 400
  Chhattisgarh 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (29,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Malvi
7,000
Haroti: Harauti
90
Primary Language Hindi (29,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Malvi 7,000
  Haroti: Harauti 90
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more