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Pakistan could soon see its first Hindu female senator
February 6, 2018 | 12:03 PM
by Times News Service
File photo of Pakistan People's Party's Krishna Kumari. Photo: @MrSyedJaffer/Twitter
 
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Muscat: Pakistan could soon elect its first Hindu female in the Upper House.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has nominated Krishna Kumari, a Kolhi woman belonging to a remote village in the district of Thar, to contest for a general seat during the elections said to be held next month.

The Kolhi tribes are primarily concentrated in the lower Thar Desert and speak their own Indo-Aryan languages.

Kumari is a social activist who joined PPP with her brother, who was elected chairman of Union Council Berano. She has reportedly been asked by the party leadership to file nomination papers to contest the upcoming senate election on PPP ticket.



Born in Pakistan to a poor peasant Jugno Kolhi in February 1979, Kumari and her family members spent nearly three years in a private jail allegedly owned by one of the landlords of Umerkot district. She was a grade 3 student at the time when held captive.

Kumari was married at the age of 16, when she was studying in 9th grade. However, her husband supported her in pursuing studies, as later in 2013 she did masters in sociology from Sindh University in Pakistan. She also actively participated and worked for the rights of oppressed people of marginalised communities living in Thar and other areas.

Kumari has made all the arrangements and documentation needed to file her nomination papers after she was made the candidate by the party leaders.

Previously, PPP has given voice to women like the first female Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the first female Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar as well as the first female Speaker of the National Assembly Fehmida Mirza.

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