Hindu woman becomes police officer in Pakistan

Wednesday 11th September 2019 06:00 EDT

Sindh (Pakistan): A Hindu woman from the Sindh province of Pakistan became the first women to be inducted in Sindh Police after she cleared the provincial competitive exam. Pushpa Kolhi has been posted as the Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) in the province becoming the first girl in the Hindu community to join the forces. The announcement was first shared by human rights activist Kapil Dev on his Twitter handle. Pushpa Kolhi has become the first woman from the Hindu community who has qualified provincial competitive examination and become Assistant Sub Inspector in Sindh Police. More power to her!" Dev tweeted.

In January this year, Suman Kumari became the first Hindu woman to be appointed as a civil judge in the Muslim-majority country. Suman, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot in Sindh province, serves in her native district. Suman stood 54th in the merit list for the appointment of civil judge/judicial magistrate.

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, she had said. The first judge from the Hindu 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 while a Thari woman, Krishna Kumari, was also elected in Pakistan's Senate elections. Hindus form the largest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75,00,000 Hindus live in Pakistan, but according to the community leaders their population would be around 90,00,000.

Majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with their Muslim brethern.

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