An Indian boy walks along a flooded bank of the Ganges River in Allahabad on July 10, 2016. | AFP-JIJI
JAPAN TIMES AFP-JIJI Apr 2, 2017
DEHRADUN, INDIA – An Indian court has recognized Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as “legal persons” in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country’s two most sacred rivers.
In a decision that aims to widen environmental protections in the mountainous region, the court granted the legal standing to the glaciers Gangotri and Yamunotri,m which feed India’s venerated Ganges and Yamuna rivers, which won the status in a landmark judgment in March.