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The Chamail are a Muslim community, found in the state of Bihar in India.[1]


The Chamail are a small semi-nomadic community. They specilize in treating cattle. The community are Muslim converts from the Hindu Chamar caste. They are found mainly in the districts of Begusarai, Munger and Patna. The Chamail are landless, and depend on neighbouring land owning communities for work. As a landless community, they are extremely marginalized. Illiteracy rates are extremely high, as many live in encampments at edges of villages, and have no access to schools. The Chamail are Sunni Muslims, and strictly endogamous.[2]

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  1. ^ People of India Bihar Volume XVI Part One edited by S Gopal & Hetukar Jha pages 214 to 215 Seagull Books
  2. ^ People of India Bihar Volume XVI Part One edited by S Gopal & Hetukar Jha pages 214 to 215 Seagull Books
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