An independent candidate named Sunita Parmar has made history in Pakistan as she becomes the first Hindu woman to contest provincial Assembly elections. Parmar, who hails from the Hindu Meghwar community, is contesting polls from Tharparkar district in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.
Parmar has battled with incessant pressure from the male-dominated feudal landlords to not contest elections scheduled for July 25. The 30-year-old has, however, refused to bow down to the political pressure, Press Trust of India reported.
Parmar filed her nomination papers as an independent candidate from PS-56, as she breaks barriers to challenge the status quo based on a feudal-electoral system that is prevalent in Tharparkar.
Confident of challenging the status quo, Parmar said she was compelled to contest the upcoming polls as previous governments failed to deliver on their promises of making life better for the people of her constituency., according to a media report.
“Previous governments did nothing for the people of this area. Even in 21st century, we lack basic health facilities and proper educational institutes for women, Parmer said. “Gone are the days when women were supposed to be weaker and inferior. I am confident of winning the election…This is the 21st century and we are even ready to fight the lion,” Parmer was quoted
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“I believe in girl’s education. This is the only way to make women stronger and prosper,” she said. According to the 2017 census, the total population of Tharparkar district is 1.6 million, out of which around half are Hindus. In March, another Hindu woman, Krishna Kumari Kolhi, became the first-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator in the Muslim-majority country after she was nominated by the Pakistan Peoples Party for the elections to the reserve women’s seat in the Senate.
According to 2017 census, Tharpakar district in Southern Pakistan comprises nearly 600,000 Hindus out of the total 1.6 million people living in the area. This is also the place with the highest number of Hindus living in Pakistan.
Parmar, who is a mother of three children, has received the support of her family and friends and believes that she could indeed make a difference to the lives of the people.
In a similar remarkable feat, Krishna Kumari Kolhi became Pakistan’s first ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator after being nominated by the Pakistan Peoples Party for the elections.
In March, another Hindu woman, Krishna Kumari Kolhi, became the first-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator in the Muslim majority country after she was nominated by the Pakistan Peoples Party for the elections to the reserve women’s seat in the Senate.