Despite all odds and discrimination against the minority Hindu community, Suman Kumari became the first Hindu woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Muslim-majority Pakistan.
Hailing from Sindh province, Suman will be serving in her native district Qambar-Shahdadkot. She did her LLB from Hyderabad and passed masters in law from Karachi’s Szabist University.
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Speaking to PTI over telephone, she told “I have entered the field of law because I know that in the backward areas of Sindh poor people need a lot of advice and assistance in legal matters”.
Suman’s father Dr Pawan Kumar Bodan is an eye specialist while her two sisters— one is a software engineer and another is a chartered accountant.
Suman said it was important for the Hindu community to realise that they needed to educate their children and put them in responsible positions.
Suman is not the first Hindu who has been appointed as a judge. Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who served as the acting chief justice of Pakistan, was the first judge from the Hindu community.
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Hindus, the second largest religion in Pakistan after Islam, constitute nearly 2 per cent of Pakistan’s total population.
Earlier, Hindu woman Mahesh Kumar Malani became the first non-Muslim to be elected on a general seat in the National Assembly while a Thari woman, Krishna Kumari, was also elected in Pakistan’s Senate elections.