Uttarakhand puts on hold Gairsain status

HARIDWAR: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has said ‘love jihad’ is not as big a “problem” in Uttarakhand as in other states, but asserted he would certainly take steps to stop it. Speaking at a meeting of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Margdarshak Mandal here Friday, Rawat said he had recently held a meeting with officials to find out how prevalent the practice is in the hill state.

“The problem is not as big here as in some other states. But it is certain that I will take steps to stop it,” Rawat said The issue of love jihad figured prominently at the meeting with seers demanding stringent laws to put an end to the practice, sources said.