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Pakistan's first-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator sworn in

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Krishna today scripted history when she was sworn-in as Pakistan's first-ever Hindu woman

Kolhi, 39, was among 51 legislators who were sworn in as the members of the upper house of the Muslim-majority country.

Kolhi, who belongs to a remote village in Nagarparkar district of Thar in province, is a member of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Peoples Party (PPP).

Presiding administered the oath to the Senators elected on March 3 by the federal and provincial assemblies.

Former minister Ishaq Dar, an accused in the Panama Papers scandal, was not present to take the oath as he is in for treatment.

was elected on a minority seat from

She reached the parliament house with her family in a traditional Thari dress, a trademark of district of province.

She told the media that she would work to improve the and water shortage issues along with efforts to resolve problems faced by the women of Tharparkar.

Her election represents a major milestone for women and minority rights in Earlier, PPP had elected the first Hindu woman named Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla as a

Born to a poor peasant, Jugno Kolhi, in February 1979, and her family members spent nearly three years in a private jail owned by the landlord of Kunri of district.

She was a grade 3 student at the time when held captive. She was married to Lalchand at the age of 16, when she was studying in 9th grade.

She pursued her studies and in 2013 she did masters in sociology from the She had joined the PPP as a along with her brother, who was later elected as of Union Council Berano.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:40 IST