Krishna Kumari Kohli Becomes First Dalit Woman Senator In Pakistan

| March 4 , 2018 , 13:33 IST

Krishna Kumari Kohli on Saturday became the first-ever Dalit Hindu woman Senator in the upper house of Pakistan.

Kohli created history by winning the elections from the seat from Sindhi Assembly that took place on March 3rd.

She intends to work to empower women and ensure that weaker sections of Pakistani society are accorded greater respect.

Kohli was nominated for a minority Senate seat from the Sindh Assembly by the Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan People's Party (PPP) last month. She works for the rights of minorities, with a special focus on education for girls.

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Krishna also called Kishoo Bai was born in 1979 in a Dalit family and lives in Nagarparkar, a remote village which is also known as Dhana Gam.

Kohli entered politics on the advice of her brother Veerji Kohli, who is recognised as an integral member of the PPP party and also held the position of chairman of the union council as an independent candidate.

She and her family were held captive as bonded labourers for at least three years in a jail run by a landlord when Kohli was a child.

She was only 16 years old and studying in class nine when she was married to a student of the Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Lal Chand. Despite her marriage at such a young age, Kohli went on to get a postgraduate degree in sociology from the University of Sindh.

Krishna Kohli had joined the PPP as a social activist and actively worked for the rights of the marginalised communities of Thar.

With her becoming a Senator, the number of non-Muslims elected by the opposition party is now six, the highest minority representation in the upper house in the history of the country.

She belongs to the family of the valiant freedom fighter Rooplo Kolhi, who had waged a war against the invading British colonialist forces when they had attacked Sindh from Nagarparkar side in 1857. Subsequently, he was arrested and hanged by the Britishers on August 22, 1858

PPP had previously elected first Hindu woman named Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla as a senator.