Suman Bodani appointed as Pakistan’s first Hindu civil judge In a first, Pakistan has appointed a female Hindu judge to the civil and judicial magistrate.
Suman Pawan Bodani who hails from Sindh’s Shahdadkot area stood 54th in the merit list for the appointment of civil judge/judicial magistrate. After completing her intermediate from her native town Shahdadkot, Bodani received her Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from Hyderabad. She did her masters in law from Karachi’s Szabist University. She then moved to Karachi to pursue Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST).
She then worked for Advocate Rasheed A Razvi’s firm.
She will serve in her native district Qambar-Shahdadkot.
According to 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,” the father said.
Her father is an eye specialist while Suman’s elder sister is a software engineer and another sister is a chartered accountant.
Suman is a fan of singers Lata Mangeshkar and Atif Aslam.
This is not the first time that a person from the Hindu community has been appointed as a judge. The 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 per cent of Pakistan’s total population and Hinduism remains the second largest religion in Pakistan after Islam.