Doms (Bengali) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doms_(Bengali)

Dom man2 kurta eastbengal1860.jpg
A Dom man, early 1860s
ClassificationA medium-skinned mustachioed man wearing a turban and a kurta
Populated statesWest Bengal
Population316,337 (2001 census)
Family namesDom, Basfore, Malik

Doms are a Bengali Hindu caste found in the Indian state of West Bengal.

The Doms were formerly classified as a criminal tribe under the Criminal Tribes Acts of the British Raj.[1][2]


Doms numbered 316,337 at the 2001 census and were 1.7 percent of the scheduled caste population of West Bengal. The same census found overall 46.0 percent of Doms (aged 7 and up) were literate. Along gender lines, 58.9 percent of males and 32.6 percent of females were found by the census to be literate.[3]


  1. ^ Bates, Crispin (1995). "Race, Caste and Tribe in Central India: the early origins of Indian anthropometry". In Robb, Peter (ed.). The Concept of Race in South Asia. Delhi: Oxford University Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-19-563767-0. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  2. ^ Gupta, Ganesh (2005). Padabi Abhidhan [Dictionary of Family Names] (in Bengali). Kolkata: Annapurna Prakashan. p. 52.
  3. ^ "West Bengal, Census of India 2001, Data Highlights – The Scheduled Castes" (PDF). Office of the Registrar General, India. Retrieved 28 June 2009.