Can Human Rights Save The Ganges River?

Can Human Rights Save The Ganges River?

The headwaters of the Ganges lie in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand where there's an unusual bid to clean up the river underway. The state's high court has declared the Ganges to be a "living entity." Environmental lawyer Raj Panjwani says that includes all the "aquatic biodiversity that would depend on the river." The court reasoned that the Ganges is a "juristic person," a concept in law whereby an entity "is not a human being, yet it has certain rights," Panjwani explains, including the right to sue.

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