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Gypsies of Europe descended from 'dalits' of India, Study

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  • Dec 04, 2012, 16:52 PM IST
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New Delhi: Gypsy community living in Europe and Britain were originally "dalits' of Indian sub-continent. According to a study conducted by Indian and Estonian academies, it is being claimed that present gypsy community living all across Europe and in some parts of Britain have DNA structure which matches the schedule Caste community of India.

Scientists from Hyderabad's Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology collaborated 10,000 DNA samples of Indians from various communities. These samples were later matched with the DNA samples of "ROMA" community. They were analysed to match a South Asian Y chromosome type known as "haplogroup H1a1a-M82", which passes down male bloodlines, with samples from Roma men in Europe.

The closest match was found to be with the North-West community living in India.

The Roma community claims that they are the first Non Resident Indians. Photographic evidence, and also the features of many of their ancestors along with their dressing style matches with the people from Indian sub-continent.

The Gypsy are said to belong to the untouchable cast of people living in India around 1000 1200 AD. The community moved westward due to many reasons. Primarily, due to the spread of Islam or they took part in war to upgrade their social status.

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