Hindu woman elected to Pakistan’s senate in historic first
Kirshna Kumari Kolhi from Pakistan’s Sindh province has become the first ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator in the Muslim-majority country. Kolhi is a member of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). She was elected Senator on a minority seat from Sindh with the PPP awarding her the Senate ticket.
Her election represents a major milestone for women and minority rights in Pakistan. Earlier, the first Hindu woman named Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla as a senator was also elected by PPP. Kolhi belongs to a remote village in Nagarparkar district of Thar in Sindh province. She was born to a poor peasant in February 1979. She, alongwith her family members, spent nearly three years in a private jail. She was a grade 3 student at the time of arrest . She was married at the age of 16, while studying in 9th grade. However, she continued to pursue her studies and in 2013 she did Masters in Sociology from the Sindh University. She had joined the party as a social activist.