First Hindu woman member chairs Pakistan Senate on International Women’s Day 

Written by LAKSHMI SHARAN

Photo caption: Krishna Kumari Kohli (left) with another woman of her community 

Thirty nine-year-old Krishna Kumari Kohli is the first Hindu Dalit woman to be elected to Pakistan’s Senate. She is the first Hindu Dalit woman to hold this position.

Krishna Kumari Kohli chaired the session of the Upper House on occasion of International Women’s Day.

“Chairman Senate of Pakistan decided to make our colleague Krishna Kumari Kohli aka Kishoo Bai to Chair the Senate for today on Women’s Day,” Senator Faisal Javed tweeted on Friday.

Dressed in traditional Thari dress, she is lovingly called as Kishoo Bai.Born to a poor peasant, Jugno Kolhi, in February 1979, Kolhi and her family members spent nearly three years in a private jail owned by the landlord of Kunri of Umerkot district. Married barely at the age of 16, Krishna Kohli, secured a postgraduate degree in sociology from the University of Sindh. She had joined Pakistan Peoples Party as a social activist along with her brother, who was later elected as chairman of union council Berano.

Belonging to a poor family, Kumari aims high to work for her people. “I will continue to work for the rights of the oppressed people, especially for the empowerment of women, their health and education,” she said after her election.

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