International Women’s Day is observed across the world on March 8. The 39-year-old Krishna Kumari who hails from Nagarparkar, a village in Tharparkar where women are to date deprived of basic facilities, has become the first-ever Thari Hindu 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.
The Pakistan Peoples Party leader is the first-ever senator from a scheduled caste, Geo news reported.
Also lovingly called as Kishoo Bai, she attended the first session of Senate on Monday in the traditional Thari dress.
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.