Krishna Kholi: First Pakistani Hindu Dalit senator of People’s Party

A woman from Pakistan’s marginalized community, at the bottom of the Hindu caste hierarchy and a minority in a Muslim-majority country, has been elected to the Senate for the first time ever.

Krishna Kumari Kohli, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), hails from the so-called untouchables, the lowest rung of the caste system that still prevails in Pakistan and neighboring India.

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Politicians in national and four provincial assemblies on Saturday elected half the 104-member Senate to six-year terms.

Kholi, who worked in the fields alongside her parents as a child, will take the oath of office later this month.

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