Uttarakhand High Court Grants River Ganga Rights Equal to Humans

The Uttarakhand High Court on Monday recognised river Ganga as the first living entity of India, a move that grants it the same legal rights as a human being. The new status means that if someone pollutes the Ganga — considered to be the holiest river in the country — the law will see it equal to harming a human being. The court also ruled that the government form a Ganga Administration Board for better maintenance and cleaning of the river. A similar ruling was passed in New Zealand last week when their parliament passed a bill declaring the...

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