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Ganga And Yamuna Not Human Entities, Says SC

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| July 7 , 2017 , 18:48 IST

The Supreme Court of India on Friday halted the decision of Uttarakhand High Court in which the court had given the rivers Yamuna and Ganga, the same legal rights as a person.

The state High Court, citing New Zealand’s bill which made the river Whanganui, the first river to be recognized as a living entity. The bill had also granted the river with same rights as a human being.

Ruling in favor of the PIL (Public interest litigation), the High Court on March 20, gave this decision in an attempt to protect the holy rivers from any further damage. This was to “preserve and conserve the rivers that are considered sacred by millions of Indians.

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The High Court in its verdict also ordered the state government to represent the two rivers by the chief of the National Mission for Clean Ganga - a government body overseeing conservation of Ganga.

After the High Court’s verdict, granting the river ‘human rights’, the BJP government of Uttarakhand challenged the state Court’s decision in Supreme Court.

The top court, in order, suspended the high court’s judgment on the Ganga and Yamuna River.

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“There is no dispute that river Ganga and Yamuna and other tributaries in India... support and assist both life and natural resources and the health and well-being of the entire community. (But) only to protect the faith of society, the rivers cannot be declared as legal persons,” the state government said in the court on Friday.

The state government claims that central government should be responsible for cleaning the river since it runs through many states.