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Pakistan Appoints its First Ever Female Hindu Civil Judge

Last year, Krishna Kumari Kohli, a Hindu woman became the first non-Muslim female to win a women reserved seat in Senate of Pakistan

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Pakistan has appointed the country’s first ever Hindu female civil judge after she passed an examination for induction of judicial officers, the media reported on Tuesday.Pakistan Appoints its First Ever Female Hindu Civil Judge

Suman Kumari, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot in Sindh province, will serve in her native district, reports Dawn news.

Kumari passed her LL.B. examination from Hyderabad and did her masters in law from Karachi’s Szabist University.

Kumari fears that her community would not appreciate her decision to become a lawyer, but “I am confident my family will stand by me come what may”.

According to her father, Pawan Kumar Bodan, Suman wants to provide free legal assistance to the poor in Qambar-Shahdadkot.

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“Suman has opted for a challenging profession, but I am sure she will go places through hard work and honesty,” he said.

Hindus currently make for approximately 1.85 per cent of Pakistan’s population, according to official data.

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In 2006, Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla became the first Hindu woman elected to Pakistan’s Senate.

Last year, Krishna Kumari Kohli, a Hindu woman became the first non-Muslim female to win a women reserved seat in Senate of Pakistan. (IANS)

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Women of Pakistan Protest Against Workplace Harassment, Child Marriage

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded "the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country"

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, women took to the streets across Pakistan on Friday to protest against sexual harassment in the workplace, child marriage ‘honour killings, wage inequalities and limited political representation.

Organisers hope that the “aurat march” (women’s march) and “aurat azadi march” (women’s liberation march) will draw attention to the struggle for reproductive, economic, and social justice across in Pakistan, reports the Guardian.

The first “Aurat March” was held last year in Karachi; this time, the rally has been extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana and Hyderabad.

The aim is to reach ordinary women in factories, homes and offices, says Nighat Dad, an “aurat march” organiser in Lahore.

“We want an organic movement by women demanding equal access to justice and ending discrimination of all kinds.”

Speakers at the Lahore march ranged from a woman fighting to reform marriage laws to the women who worked on the landmark Punjab Domestic Workers’ Act — a legislation that outlaws child labour in homes and provides maternity benefits to workers.

Another activist, Leena Ghani, noted that Pakistani women have a history of taking to the streets, famously during military dictator Zia ul-Haq’s martial law in the 1980s.

Krishna Kumari works in her office in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Feb. 12, 2018. VOA

While Pakistan has made major strides towards gender equality, poorer, marginalised women and transgender citizens continue to struggle, Ghani added.

Designer Shehzil Malik created a series of striking posters for the “aurat march” that counter typical representations of Pakistani women as docile and subservient.

Women are also protesting against discriminatory policies in universities, where male and female students are afforded different levels of freedom, the Guardian said.

A Pakistani university recently caused a furore on social media by banning women from wearing skinny jeans and sleeveless shirts.

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In his message on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to providing women a safe environment so that they could contribute to the country’s development, Dawn news reported.

“We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring women a secure and enabling environment to play their rightful role in our nation’s development.”

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded “the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country”. (IANS)