According to reports, the High Court had previously reprimanded the Uttarakhand government for failing to do enough to clean up the river.
This means that polluting Ganga, which runs for 2,525 kms from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, might now be seen as human rights violation.
Despite its status in India, River Ganga remains one of the world’s most polluted rivers. A government-backed Clean Ganga Mission has been trying to achieve its desired goal for a long time but pollution in the river shows no sign of reduction.
The River Whanganui was recognized as a living entity by the New Zealand government. Rex Shutterstock
The demand to identify the river as a living being was first raised in 1870s by the Maori tribes, making it the longest-running legal dispute in the country.