Suman Kumari becomes the first Hindu woman judge in Muslim-majority Pakistan

Suman Kumari, Pakistan, First Civil Judge,

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Muslim-majority Pakistan. Suman, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot in Sindh province, will serve in her native district.

She passed her LLB examination from Hyderabad and did her masters in law from Karachi’s Szabist University. “I have entered the field Jof law because I know that in the backward areas of Sindh poor people need a lot of advice Jand assistance in legal matters,” she said. “My father and my family supported me a lot as in our community it is not easy for women to enter such fields,” she added.

Her father, Dr Pawan Kumar Bodan, wants his daughter to provide free legal assistance to the poor people specially from the Hindu community. “Suman has opted for a challenging profession, but I am sure she will go places through hard work and honesty,” the father said.

This is not the first time that a person from the Hindu community has been appointed as a judge. The first judge from the community was Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who served as the acting chief justice of Pakistan for brief periods between 2005 and 2007. Last year, Hindu woman Mahesh Kumar Malani became the first non-Muslim to be elected on a general seat in the National Assembly.

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