HOW KRISHNA KUMARI MADE IT TO BBC’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN LIST 2018?
Pakistani senator Krishna kumari made it to BBC’s 100 most influential women list 2018.The BBC list includes various women from all over world who are working for the betterment of society against all odds.
These inspirational women are influencing and changing other people’s lives in their own ways. Krishna who is 40 is given 48th spot on BBC’s list which states “Krishna was elected to the Pakistani senate after campaigning for women’s right, having previously been forced into bonded labor for three years.”
Who is Krishna Kumari?
Krishna Kumari Kohli also known as kishoo Bai, is a Hindu Pakistani politician from Thar region. She was elected as member of Pakistani senate representing PPP in March 2018.
Krishna and her family were taken prisoner when she was in third grade by a feudal lord in Omar Kot district. They were forced to work as bonded laborers until the police raided the area and freed her.
At the age of 16 she married Laal Chand; a student of agricultural University. She continued her education with the support of her husband and in-laws. She earned masters in Sociology from the University of Sindh.
HOW DID SHE BECOME SOCIAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST?
Krishna hails from a Hindu majority village in Nagarparker so she has witnessed the distress of minorities and women of that area very closely. She started her journey as a human rights activist in 2005 by conducting different seminars all over Tharparkar.
Later in 2007, she attended Mehergarh Youth Leadership Camp in Islamabad. This program proved as a changing point in her life as she studied different social topics like working of governance system.
She gained knowledge about strategies and tools that can help bring social change. While giving an interview she said “I am proud to say that it served as a catalyst. I made a commitment to myself that I have to speak, I have to rise and I have to deliver.”
She never lost hope in face of hardships. “We didn’t have electricity so I use to study under the light of an oil lantern. “
Her brother Veerji Kohli who is a licensed lawyer was her greatest support along with her parents. Together they continue their fight for the rights of rape and domestic abuse victims.
HOW SHE STARTED HER POLITICAL CAREER?
Krishna kumari joined PPP as social rights activist. She was selected as a candidate for reserved seat by party in 2018 senate elections. She took oath as member of senate on March 14, 2018.
After Ratna Bhagwandaas she is the 2nd Hindu women to be elected as a member of senate. While talking to media she expressed her feelings “I am delighted, this was unthinkable for me to reach senate.”
Her victory in senate election generated a positive response from Pakistani social media, minorities as well as commoners consider it a positive change in political landscape of Pakistan.
WHAT IS HER AGENDA AS A SENATOR?
Krishna kumari is very determined to bring a positive change in society. She actively talks about women rights and minority issues. Her struggle against bonded labor is a significant one because of her own past experiences. She was forced to work in field with her parents when she was just a child.
In her first interview as a senator she said “my first and foremost priority is health and education for the people of tharparkar and in particular women of Tharparkar.”
Tharparkar is one of the most deprived area of Sindh. Lack of basic health facilities like health care units or hospitals results in higher death rates in newborns and ailing mothers. Many children die because of malnourishment.
Krishna realizes all this and aims to change the fate of her people. While giving an interview to Geo news she said “I will not only represent women of Tharparkar but act as a representative for women across the country and speak for their rights.” She further emphasizes on the implementation of the law
“many laws have been drafted for the rights of women but none of them has been implemented. Something I wish to change”
Kohli also works against sexual harassment at workplace something which every working woman in Pakistan faces in her life at one point or other.
a proud moment for Pakistanis
How Krishna kumari made it to BBC’S 100 most influential women speaks volume of her courage and resilience.It is a proud moment for us Pakistani. In a country like Pakistan where minorities are struggling for their rights krishna paved her way to Senate through her hard work.
Through her struggle, she is changing the lives of many women. She is a role model for those who are hopeless and dejected because of their circumstances.