Krishna Kumari from Thar in Sindh to be the first Dalit woman senator in Pakistan

Dr Khatumal Jeewan and Engineer Gianchand the first and second Dalit to be nominated in Pakistan 

Krishna Kumari Kohli from Thar in Pakistan’s Sindh province will become the first-ever Dalit woman Senator in the Muslim-majority country, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said today.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has accepted the papers of the 39-year-old who was nominated by the ruling PPP for a Senate seat on minority from Sindh Assembly. The election will take place on March 3.

“Kohli will be the first-ever Dalit woman in Pakistan who becomes a Senator,” a PPP spokesman said in a statement today.

Pakistan based Tribune wrote, Dalit, which means oppressed or broken people, has become an alternate collective identification for the 40 non-Muslim castes declared in above ordinance 60 years ago. The PPP also nominated the first-ever non-Muslim senator by electing a Dalit Dr Khatumal Jeewan as Senator in 2009 on a general seat. Likewise, Engineer Gianchand is the second Dalit to be elected as Senator in 2015 by the PPP also on a general seat.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led PPP also nominated and got elected Hariram Kishorilal as Senator on seat reserved for non-Muslims from Sindh in 2012.

The election will take place on 3 March. Kolhi’s caste is mentioned at no 23 in the Pakistani Schedule Castes Ordinance-1957.


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