In a first, Pakistan appoints Hindu woman as civil judge

Published: January 28, 2019
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Suman Bodani from Shahdadkot clears examination for judicial officers with flying colours. PHOTO: FILE

Suman Bodani from Shahdadkot clears examination for judicial officers with flying colours. PHOTO: FILE

For the first time in Pakistan’s judicial history a woman belonging to the Hindu community has been appointed as a civil and judicial magistrate.

Suman Bodani, hailing from Sindh’s Shahdadkot district, was declared eligible for the post after passing her judicial officers’ examination with flying colours – securing 54th position on the merit list, Express News reported on Monday.

Speaking to a foreign news outlet, Bodani said she belonged to an underdeveloped rural area of Sindh, where she witnessed poor struggling to cope with various challenges life throws at them. “They cannot even afford to lodge cases, and that is the reason behind my decision of joining law [studies] so I can bring justice to them,” she was quoted as saying.

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After completing her intermediate from her native town Shahdadkot, Bodani persuaded law and acquired Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Hyderabad and Master of Laws (LLM) from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) in Karachi.

Bodani also said she faced resistance form her own community as they did not like girls working in the law field. However, her family including her father and siblings extended their full support to her. “My family did not pay any heed to what people would say and helped me achieve my goal.”

Last year, Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar made history after becoming the first woman chief justice of a high court in the country.

She was also the first woman appointed as a civil judge in Balochistan and holds the distinction of being the first woman in the province appointed as a judge in the Balochistan High Court.

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  • S Zafar Iqbal
    Jan 29, 2019 - 10:15AM

    Congratulations. A good beginning. All Pakistanis, regardless of their religion, must be treated equally under the law. All Pakistanis are equal citizens and must be integrated in the national mainstream.Recommend

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