Gangotri and Yamunotri get living entity tags as well

Ten days after it declared the rivers Ganga and Yamuna as “living entities“, the Uttarakhand HC declared the glaciers from where the two rivers originate, Gangotri and Yamunotri, legal entities as well. The order delivered by Justices Rajiv Sharma and Alok Singh, who had also passed the order on the two rivers on March 20, said the glaciers will have “the status of a legal person, with all corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person“.

This was being done “in order to preserve and conserve them“ the court said, adding, “the rights of these entities shall be equivalent to the rights of human beings and any injury/harm caused to these bodies shall be treated as injury/harm caused to human beings“.

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