Women Day: Hindu female lawmaker Krishna Kumari chairs Pakistan Senate

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By Muhammad Luqman

Krishna Kumari Kohli, Pakistan’s first Thari Hindu woman Senator chaired a session of the Upper House on Women’s International Day on Friday.

Senator Faisal Javed made the announcement on Twitter of Kohli chairing the session to commemorate the International Women’s Day being celebrated across the globe.

“Chairman Senate of Pakistan decided to make our colleague Krishna Kumari Kohli aka Kishoo Bai to Chair the Senate for today on #WomensDay #DoYouKnowRealPakistan,” he said in a message on the social website.

Before starting the session, Kolhi expressed  her gratitude for being given the chance:  “I consider myself very fortunate today to be sitting on this seat, I salute Pakistan and I salute Pakistan’s people and I am proud to be a Pakistani and only Pakistani.”

The 39-year-old Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader hailing from Nagarparkar in the vicinity of Tharparkar became the first one in the senate to have roots from Hindu Dalit community.

The victory of Krishna Kumari Kohli, a Pakistan Peoples Party leader, in the Senate election stirred a wave of optimism on social media, as Pakistanis celebrated the rare success for a woman from a marginalised community at the bottom of the Hindu caste hierarchy. Hailing from Dhana Gam in Nagarparkar, Tharparkar, Krishna, 39, was held for three years as bonded labor along with her family by a landlord in Umerkot. They were later set free in a police raid.

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