Pak-born woman becomes sarpanch in Rajasthan

Nita Kanwar

The Hush Post|11:51 am|one-minute-read|

A Pakistan born woman in Pakistan is a sarpanch in Rajasthan. 36-year-old Nita Kanwar was on Saturday elected the sarpanch of Natwada gram panchayat in Tonk, Rajasthan. Nita defeated her nearest rival Sonu Devi by 362 votes. Eighteen years ago in 2001 she migrated with her mother and relatives from Pakistan’s Sindh to Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Nita had a volley of questions in her mind. She wondered whether she will be able to get good education, a dream life partner and realise her other dreams.

Settled in Natwada gram panchayat for nine years, Nita said: “I graduated from Ajmer’s Sophia College in 2005 and married a Rajput boy in Rajasthan. Nobody in the family is into politics.”

“As a sarpanch, I desire to empower the panchayat women, open a new hospital and a school in the area,” she said. The new sarpanch also runs a boutique.

“It was not easy to get citizenship as the file was rejected many times. However, finally we were able to meet all requirements in September 2019. In Pakistan, my family faced a great difficulty in finding a suitable match for me, so we migrated to Jodhpur,” said the mother of two.



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