Hindu woman to contest Assembly elections in Pakistan

Islamabad, July 7 :Sunita Parmar has made history in Pakistan as she becomes the first Hindu woman to contest provincial Assembly elections to be held on July 25.

30-year old Parmar, who hails from the Hindu Meghwar community, will contest elections as an independent candidate for the Sindh Assembly constituency PS-56 from Tharparkar district which has the highest number of Hindus in Pakistan.

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,” Parmar said.

” I am confident of winning the election…This is 21st century and we are even ready to fight the lion,” Parmar  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.

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