First Hindu woman appointed as the member of jirga in KP

DRC’s are colloquially known as jirgas and operate at the police station level.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has recently witnessed an upsurge in the authority’s decisions to value minorities and bring them to the front-end. The latest occurrence in this matter is the appointment of the first Hindu woman as a member of DRC (Dispute Resolution Council).

About DRC – Dispute Resolution Council

DRC’s are colloquially known as jirgas and operate at the police station level. These jirgas are formed with the help of the provincial government and are preferred because problems can be solved at these DRCs without going to court. This process is also advantageous as it does not require money, reduces the burden on the courts, and is a quick solution to disputes.

For instance, during the last six years, 42,000 cases, including domestic violence, minor disputes of women, inheritance disputes, and money transactions, have been resolved in these DRCs.

Who is the new member of the DRC?

Mala Kumari belongs to a Hindu family in Pakistan’s Kurram tribal district near the Afghan border. She grew up in Parachinar at the foot of the mountains. The area comes with its troubles as it was plagued with militant activity and terrorism for a long time. It is a far cry for women to get an education in these areas as they are banned from leaving home.

Nevertheless, now 28-years-old, Kumari persevered. She attained her initial education from the area under constant fear before moving to the University of Peshawar to obtain her undergraduate degree in 2009, followed by a master’s degree in 2011. Fast forward to the present day, and Kumari has been appointed as a Hindu female member of a DRC.

At the grassroots level, Kumari has always been instrumental in highlighting the problems of women. Similarly, DRC’s have been instrumental in solving these problems. The two seem like a perfect fit for each other.

Speaking to a media outlet, Kumari said:

It was a happy day for me when I was told that I had been elected as a DRC member. Earlier, women from the Hindu community have been doctors, in the forces, and other fields, but now a Hindu girl will solve women’s problems. Minority women seek free legal aid for marriage and divorce issues, and I am glad I will now be able to help those seeking justice

Hindu Community rejoices over Kumari’s appointment

The decision has not only struck the Hindu community with a wave of happiness but also provided an opportunity to present minorities living in different parts of the country with much-needed limelight.

Vishal Kumar, a resident of Peshawar, said:

It is a matter of pride for my community to get representation from a woman belonging to a minority.

According to details, Kumari has been campaigning against the violence that women from minorities suffer and their inheritance rights for many years. This has prepared her well to take on the daunting task of becoming a DRC member. Experts believe that her dedication and desire for justice will prove to be fruitful for the DRC.

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