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Breaking Barriers: Pakistan Gets First Female Hindu Judge

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Suman Pawan Bodani, who belongs to Shahdadkot in Sindh province, will be serving as judicial magistrate in her home district.

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, a woman belonging to the minority Hindu community has been appointed as a judge of a civil court.

According to Dr Pawan Kumar Bodan, her father, Suman wants to provide free legal assistance to the poor in Qambar-Shahdadkot.

"Suman has opted for a challenging profession, but I am sure she will go places through hard work and honesty", Dr Bodan was quoted by the newspaper The Dawn.

Pakistani protesters burn a poster image of Christian woman Asia Bibi, who has spent eight-years on death row accused of blasphemy and acquitted by a Supreme Court, in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Many on social media commented on the development as a positive direction in the empowerment and equal treatment of religious minorities in Pakistan.

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti hailed Pakistan's decision, calling it "heartening".

​The Supreme Court upheld Asia Bibi's acquittal.

​Pakistan's first judge from the Hindu community was Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who served as the acting chief justice for brief periods between 2005 and 2007. Hindus make up nearly 2% of Pakistan's total population.

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