Being a woman from the Hindu community in Pakistan is definitely a hard task, but becoming Pakistan’s first ever Hindu woman judge is significant. Suman Pawan Bodani, daughter of Dr Pawan Bodani, was 54th in the merit list for the appointment of civil judge/judicial magistrate. Saman belongs to Shahdadkot town of Sindh.

This isn’t the first time a woman from the Hindu community has been appointed as a judge. The first judge from the Hindu community was the renowned Justice Rana Bhagwandas

According to local reports, Hindus make up nearly 2 per cent of Pakistan’s total population. While the Hindu community has made their presence felt in the country, including the government and the parliament, Hinduism remains the second largest religion in Pakistan after Islam. Pakistan is the fifth largest country that is home to the Hindu community. By 2050, it will become the fourth largest country containing Hindu population.

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Earlier in March 2018, Krishna Kumari, member of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), became the first Hindu woman elected to the Senate. She belongs to the lowest rung of the Hindu caste system prevalent in both Pakistan and India.

“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 winning the election. Kumari, who was born and raised in a remote district, is an avid advocate of education which eventually helped her earn a university degree.

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SheThePeople.TV congratulates Suman Bodani on her achievement.

Feature Image credit: Pakistan Today

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