This woman aims to provide legal help to Sindh’s poor people, and that is the only reason she entered the field of law. So, what is so special about this lawyer? She is the first Hindu Woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Pakistan.
Suman Pawan Bodani was born and brought up in Oambar Shahdadkot and she did her LLB from Hyderabad, and masters in law from Karachi’s Szabist University. Then she worked for Advocate Rasheed A. Razvi’s firm. Now, Suman will serve her native district, reported Dawn.
“I have entered the field of law because I know that in the backward areas of Sindh poor people need a lot of advice and assistance in legal matters,” she said. “My father and my family supported me a lot as in our community it is not easy for women to enter such fields,” she added.
Suman Pawan Bodani becomes Pakistan’s 1st female judge belonging to the Hindu community. Via Pakistan Hindu Youth Council. Daughter of Dr. Pawan Podani, Suman belongs to Shahdadkot. She stood 54th in merit list for the appointment of Civil Judge/Judicial Magistrate. pic.twitter.com/ofqgwSA6Kt
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While her father is an eye specialist, Suman’s elder sister is a software engineer and another sister is a chartered accountant.
“Suman has opted for a challenging profession, but I am sure she will go places through hard work and honesty,” says her father Pawan Kumar Bodan.
Suman is a fan of singers Lata Mangeshkar and Atif Aslam.
Before Suman, there was another judge who was appointed from the Hindu community in Pakistan. The first judge was Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who served as the acting chief justice for brief periods between 2005 and 2007. Also, in 2018, a Hindu woman Mahesh Kumar Malani became the first non-Muslim to be elected on a general seat in the National Assembly.
Hinduism is still the second largest religion in Pakistan after Islam. Hindus make up nearly 2% of Pakistan’s total population.