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Suman Bodani becomes the first female Hindu civil judge

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Suman Pawan Bodani has become the first female Hindu to be appointed as country’s civil judge. Suman Bodani hails from Shahdad Kot, a small city in Interior Sindh.

Suman Bodani is the daughter of Dr. Pawan Bodani. She completed her LLB from Hyderabad and then she moved to Karachi to complete her LLM from prestigious Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology. She was then affiliated with renowned advocate Justice (R) Rasheed Rizvi’s law firm under which she practiced law for two years.

She stood 54th in the merit list of appointment of civil judge/judicial magistrate. Since she belongs to a downtrodden small city of Sindh Suman had to overcome various obstruction that impeded her journey.

On the other hand, former judge Rana Bhagwandas also belonging from Hindu community served as the fourth Chief Justice of Pakistan from 1960-1968. He also remained the acting chief justice for brief periods between 2005 and 2007.

According to reports, she pursued her career in law as per the desire of her father. She, however, stated that she encountered cultural restrictions and objections from her community who discouraged girls working in the field of law.

Suman though praised the constant support from her family. She said her family including her father and siblings extended their full support to her and did not pay any heed to what people would say and helped her in achieving her dreams.

While speaking to international media, Suman Bodani said that she belongs to an area where people are facing serious challenges to meet their basic needs. “They cannot even afford to lodge cases. This is the reason behind my decision of joining law so I can bring justice to them.”

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Earlier, Justice Tahira Safdar took the oath as the first female Chief Justice of Baluchistan High Court. On the other hand, former judge Rana Bhagwandas also belonging from Hindu community served as the fourth Chief Justice of Pakistan from 1960-1968. He also remained the acting chief justice for brief periods between 2005 and 2007.

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