Suman Kumari Becomes Pakistan’s First Hindu Woman Judge

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Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman in Pakistan to be appointed as a civil judge. — File photo

Earlier, Justice Rana Bhagwandas has served as the acting chief justice for brief periods between 2005 and 2007.

ISLAMABAD — Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman in Pakistan to be appointed as a civil judge, according to a media report.

Suman, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot, will serve in her native district. She passed her LLB. examination from Hyderabad and did her masters in law from Karachi’s Szabist University, Dawn reported.

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

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

Her father is an eye specialist while Suman’s elder sister is a software engineer and another sister is a chartered accountant.

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”.

Suman is a fan of singers Lata Mangeshkar and Atif Aslam. This is not the first time that a person from the Hindu community has been appointed as a judge.

The first judge from the Hindu community was Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who served as the acting chief justice for brief periods between 2005 and 2007.

Hindus make up nearly 2 per cent of Pakistan’s total population and Hinduism remains the second largest religion in Pakistan after Islam.

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

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