Dalit CasteKohli is the first-ever Dalit woman nominated by the Pakistan Peoples Party for the Senate seat. Kohli caste is mentioned at No.23 in the Pakistani Schedule Castes Ordinance-1957. Dalit, which means oppressed or broken people, has become an alternate collective identification for the 40 non-Muslim castes declared in above ordinance 60 years ago.
Birth and EducationBorn to a poor peasant, Jugno Kolhi, in February 1979, Ms Kohli and her family members spent nearly three years in a private jail owned by the landlord of Kunri of Umerkot district. She was a grade 3 student at the time when held captive.
MarriageShe was married to Lalchand at the age of 16, when she was studying in 9th grade. However, she pursued her studies and in 2013 she did masters in sociology from the Sindh University. Her family and husband supported her dreams and that helped her complete her postgraduation.
Member of a valiant familyShe is from the family of the valiant freedom fighter Rooplo Kolhi, who had waged a war against the invading British colonialist forces when they had attacked Sindh from Nagarparkar side in 1857. Subsequently, he was arrested and hanged by the Britishers on August 22, 1858.
Veerji KohliVeerji Kohli, her brother, was elected as the chairman of union council in Berano as an independent candidate and is a part of PPP along with Krishna Kohli. If Veerji becomes a senator, she will be the first woman from Pakistan's minority Hindu community and rural Sindh to reach Pakistan's Parliament and hold political power.
NominationPakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has nominated Krishna Kohli, who is known to be the first ever Dalit woman to be shortlisted for Senate elections. PPP had previously elected first Hindu woman named Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla as a senator. Media cell of PPP has clarified news items published in sections of both national and international news mentioning Krishna Kohli as the first woman from Hindu community to have been nominated by PPP as a senator saying Chawla was the first Hindu woman as Senator in 2006.
IdeologyKohli believes lack of education has made the weaker sections of the society politically inactive. With her ideology, Kohli aims to empower women and weaker sections of Pakistan.
Senate Election Results 2018The PPP clinched 10 seats including five general seats, two reserved seats for technocrats and women each and one for non-Muslims to take its total strength to 20 against the expectation of 17. Successful PPP candidates on general seats from Sindh include sitting chairman of Senate Raza Rabbani, Maula Bux Chandio, Mohammad Ali Shah Jamote, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar and Dr Sikander Menghro. Rukhsana Zuberi and Dr Sikandar Mandhro won the technocrat seats while Anwar Lal Dean won the seat for minorities. Quratulain Marri and Krishna Kohli won the election for the reserved seat for women. PML- F candidate Muzzafar Hussain Shah’s contacts with two MQM factions and the Pak Sarzameen Party also worked to save his party’s elimination from the upper house as he bagged one seat.
Interview After Senate ElectionKrishna Kohli, in the BBC Urdu radio program speaking on telephone with Ali Hassan, the correspondent from Nagar Parker, told that her parents do not know what Senator is and how their member is selected. .Krishna Kamari said that the people who are coming to congratulate them in their homes, their parents say that their daughter has got a great job and she will go quickly to Islamabad.Krishna Kamari said that his family and his community are very happy and distributing sweets.While selecting the country's Senate, Krishna Kamari described his feelings and said that she is so happy that it can not be described in the words.
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