MUMBAI (REUTERS) – An Indian court has declared the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers living entities, giving them the same legal rights as human beings, in a move analysts say may do little to protect them or keep them clean.
The legal order comes just days after New Zealand declared its Whanganui river a living entity and appointed two guardians to protect its interests, making it the first river in the world to be given these rights.
The high court in India’s northern Uttarakhand state on Monday (March 20) said the Ganges and its longest tributary, the Yamuna – both held sacred by millions of Hindus – have the right to be legally protected and not be harmed, and can be parties to disputes.
The court ordered that the two rivers be represented by the chief of the National Mission for Clean Ganga – a government body…
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