This is happening for the 1st time in Pakistan. A Pakistani spokesman has confirmed that the first woman from the country’s tiny minority Hindu community is poised to become lawmaker next month after the country’s opposition party nominated her for the Senate’s upcoming elections. Her name is Krishna Kumari. Nasir Shah, the spokesman in the provincial government of Sindh province, says the opposition Pakistan People’s Party has asked all of its lawmakers to vote for Krishna Kumari in the March 3 elections for the upper house of parliament. Shah said on Monday that Kumari will be the first female Hindu lawmaker in Pakistan since 1947. Krishna Kumari is so happy over the development. Her family was so poor. She never dared dream of becoming a lawmaker.
Here are things you may not know about her:-
– The Hindu woman is from Thar in Sindh province
– If Krishna Kumari from Nagarparkar district wins the election, she will be the first Hindu woman to become a Senator in Muslim-majority Pakistan.
– Kumari is a Kolhi woman from the family of freedom fighter Rooplo Kolhi, who had waged a war against the British colonialist forces when they had attacked Sindh in 1857.
– She had joined the PPP as a social activist along with her brother, who was later elected as Chairman of Union Council Berano
– Born to a poor peasant Jugno Kolhi in 1979, Kumari and her family members spent nearly three years in a private jail owned by a landlord.
– Kumari was married to Lalchand at the age of 16, when she was studying in 9th grade. However, she pursued her studies and in 2013 she did masters in sociology from the Sindh University
– She also actively participated and worked for the rights of downtrodden people of marginalised communities living in Thar and other areas.
The PPP has provided several women leaders to Pakistan including Benazir Bhutto, the first woman prime minister; Hina Rabbani Khar, the first woman foreign minister and Fehmida Mirza, the first woman speaker of the National Assembly.