J&K interlocutors submit sixth report to home minister

The interlocutors submitted their report specifically outlining the problems being faced by women.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 22:03 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre`s interlocutors on
Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday submitted their sixth report to Home
Minister P Chidambaram specifically outlining the problems
being faced by women in the two decades-long violence in
the state.

The interlocutors, Dileep Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and
MM Ansari, will also submit their interim report containing
the contours of a political settlement of Kashmir issue to the
government within a week.

Padgaonkar said during their last visit to the state, the
team held intensive discussions with women representatives of
and tried to understand their view on the Kashmir issue and
how to solve it.

"Women in Kashmir had suffered immensely, both
physically as well as psychologically," he said after the
meeting with the Home Minister.

Padgaonkar said barring a few, most of the women favoured
keeping Jammu and Kashmir as one unit but demanded that
aspirations of the people of the three regions, Jammu,
Kashmir and Ladakh, should be fulfilled.

He said that Kashmir issue should be discussed more
frequently in different fora, including Parliament, to
understand the problem and how to find an amicable solution
acceptable to all.

Asked about the reluctance of separatists to meet the
interlocutors, Padgaonkar said they will meet them whenever
there is a need and opportunity.

PTI