Krishna Kumari Kolhi (Sindhi: ڪرشن ڪماري ڪوهليUrdu: کرشنا کماری کوہلی‎; born 1 February 1979), also known by the nickname Kishoo Bai, is a Pakistani politician who has been the member of the Senate of Pakistan since March 2018. She is the first Hindu Dalit woman and the second Hindu woman to hold this position. She is known for her campaigns for women's rights and against bonded labour.


Krishna Kolhi
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
Assumed office
12 March 2018
Personal details
Born (1979-02-01) 1 February 1979 (age 40)
Nagarparkar, Sindh, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Peoples Party
Alma materUniversity of Sindh
Nickname(s)Kishoo Bai[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Kolhi was born on 1 February 1979[2] to a poor family hailing from a village in Nagarparkar.[3] When she was a child and a student of grade three, she and her family were held captive for three years as bonded labourers in a private jail allegedly owned by a landlord in Umerkot District.[4][3] They were only released after a police raid on their employer's land. She received her early education initially from Umerkot district and then from Mirpurkhas District.[2]

She got married at the age of 16 in 1994 while she was studying in grade nine.[2] She continued her education after her marriage and in 2013 earned a master's degree in Sociology from the University of Sindh.[3]

In 2007, she attended the third Mehergarh Human Rights Youth Leadership Training Camp in Islamabad in which she studied the government of Pakistan, international migration, strategic planning and learned about the tools that could be used to create social change.[2]

Political careerEdit

Kolhi joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) as a social activist to campaign for the rights of marginalised communities in the Thar region. She also campaigns for women's rights, against bonded labour, and against sexual harassment in the workplace.[4] In 2018, she was elected to the Senate of Pakistan in the Pakistan Senate elections as a PPP candidate on a reserved seat for women from Sindh.[5][6] She took oath as Senator on 12 March 2018.[7] She became the first Hindu Dalit woman and the second Hindu woman elected to the Senate after Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla.[4]

In 2018, BBC named her one of the BBC's 100 most influential women.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Agha, Bilal (15 March 2018). "Living Colours: 'My first priority is health, education of Thari women'". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "In historic first, a Thari Hindu woman has been elected to the Senate". DAWN.COM. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Samoon, Hanif (4 February 2018). "PPP nominates Thari woman to contest Senate polls on general seat". Dawn. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Dawood Rehman (3 March 2018). "Krishna Kumari becomes first Hindu Dalit woman senator of Pakistan". Daily Pakistan Global.
  5. ^ "LIVE: PML-N-backed independent candidates lead in Punjab, PPP in Sindh - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  6. ^ Khan, Iftikhar A. (4 March 2018). "PML-N gains Senate control amid surprise PPP showing". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Senate elect opposition-backed Sanjrani chairman and Mandviwala his deputy". The News. 12 March 2018. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ Staff, Images (19 November 2018). "Pakistani senator Krishna Kumari named in BBC's 100 Women 2018 list". Images. Retrieved 20 November 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Profile at Senate of Pakistan website