Krishna takes oath in traditional Thari dress

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From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first-ever Thari Hindu woman to be elected to the Senate arrived yesterday to take the oath along with her parents donned in a traditional dress. “I’m feeling very proud,” Krishna Kohli said while speaking to a tv channel. Kohli was dressed in bright traditional Thari clothes complete with white bangles up to her shoulders.

“I’ll try to bring my community to the forefront,” the PPP leader from a village in Tharparkar added. While thanking PPP and party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for giving her a seat she asserted, “For the first time in history someone from my community has been selected.” She is is the first-ever senator from a scheduled caste.

Born in 1979, Krishna hails from Nagarparkar, a village in Tharparkar where women are to date deprived of basic facilities. She battled hunger and poverty early in her life, and was also a victim of bonded labour.

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