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Kashmir interlocutors to set up virtual platform for interaction

The interlocutors said they had met 450 delegations during last five visits to the state but there were quite a few women voices.

, ET Bureau|
Mar 14, 2011, 12.49 AM IST
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SRINAGAR: Interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir, currently holding a women's' conference in Srinagar to understand the viewpoint of half of state's population scattered in three regions, have decided to set up a virtual platform to help them interact frequently.

"There was a lively discussion on the political contours of a solution, with divergent aspirations expressed by the three regions and the different political formations," the interlocutors said in a statement after a two-day conclave. "It was heartening to hear the flexibility that women displayed in finding common ground." They said the spirit of give-and-take can provide the basis of a permanent solution.

The conference was attended by 50 women invited by the interlocutors from Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir regions. Parliamentarians Brinda Karat, Mabel Rebello, Shruti Chaudhary and Viplove Thakur from Delhi too attended the conference.

The exercise, according to interlocutors, led to some significant recommendations. They wanted a special task force of eminent women from all the regions of the state to be set up to address the problems of women victims of violence like widows, 'half widows' and orphans. They have welcomed the recent offer made by the Army that it will help in tracing the boys who disappeared while in custody.

They have also felt an urgent requirement of setting up of trauma counselling centres in the state. Besides, they underlined the need for redeployment of troops out of residential areas and removal of security installations. Women did talk about indiscriminate arrests and the use of Public Safety Act and rued the absence of juvenile protection in J&K.

Interlocutors Dilip Padgoankar and Ms Radha Kumar, told a news conference, had focused attention on the problems of migrant women especially Kashmiri Pandits. "A valuable suggestion was that women can provide a bridge for Pandits to reconcile with their co-citizens in the valley," Ms Kumar said.

The conference, a brainchild of Ms Kumar, was aimed at getting the women voices first hand. The interlocutors said they had met 450 delegations during last five visits to the state but there were quite a few women voices. The conference started a day after the interlocutors had a meeting with a select group of women whose relatives were killed or were injured during 2010 unrest.

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