|Populated states||Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Andhra pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Delhi, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Gujarat and Karnataka.|
The Khatik (Hindi: खटीक, Urdu: کھٹیک), are an ethnic tribe found in the Indian subcontinent, mainly modern-day India, Pakistan and Nepal. They are one of the most widespread community in South Asia. Khatik have a population of approximately 10 millions and are located mainly in New Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
The Khatik are widely distributed community in North India, and originated from Kutekars. Russel (Vol. III, 1916, p. 453) both agree in calling them a cultivating and vegetable selling caste.
Khatik is derived from the Sanskrit (Indic ancient language) word, "Khatik" means " killer or Hunter" and Hindi word "Khatt" Means immediate killing. There is also a belief of there origins from Treta Yuga and claims to be descendent of King Khatwanga of Ikshavaku dynasty.
Most of the modern-day Khatiks are Hindus and believe there origins from Khatwanga from Ramayana and revered Hindu saint Durbalnath.
A minority of Khatiks are also Muslims and have mainly converted during the time of Muslim rule in India.
Khatik in Rajasthan inspired by Jain guru and adopted Jainism and terned Veerwal and now identified as Veerwal Khatik.
Hindu Khatik caste has divided into various subgroups based on their livelihood. These include: