Pakistan elects first Hindu Dalit woman to Senate
- Rights activist Krishna Kumari Kohli has became the
first-ever Hindu Dalit woman to be elected to Pakistan’s Senate.
- The 39-year-old Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader from a
village in Tharparkar is also the first-ever senator from a scheduled caste.
- Kumari’s rise, however, wasn’t easy. Born to a poor family
in February 1979, she belongs to the Kohli community.
- Kumari hails from Nagarparkar where women are still deprived
of basic facilities.
- She battled hunger and poverty as a child and was also a
victim of bonded labour.
- When Kumari was a grade 3 student, she and her family were
confined to a private jail for nearly three years.
- The jail was allegedly owned by the landlord of Kunri of
- At 16, Kumari got married to Lalchand who supported her
education and she got her masters degree in 2013 from Sindh University.
- As an activist, she worked against bonded labour, sexual
harassment at workplaces, and for the rights of women and the people of her