Nainital: Uttarakhand High Court accorded the status of ‘living human entities’ the sacred rivers Ganga and Yamuna in a landmark judgment on Tuesday,  21st of March 2017.

A division bench of Justices Rajeev Sharma and Alok Singh of the High Court said, “Holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna have been declared to be treated as living human entities.”

Following the footsteps of New Zealand, which declared river Whanganui as a living being last week, the court agreed with advocate MC Pant.

Giving the "legal status" of living humans to the holy rivers, the court ordered that the Director, Namami Gange project for cleaning and rejuvenating the river, the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General of Uttarakhand will act as the "legal parents" of the holy rivers and work as a human face to protect, conserve and preserve them and their tributaries.        

These officers will be bound to "uphold the status" of the two rivers and also promote their "health and well being", the court said.


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