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India’s Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be considered ‘living entities’

NEW DELHI: India's sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be considered "living entities", the country's top court ruled on Friday, suspending an earlier order that granted them the same legal rights as humans. The Supreme Court stayed a March order by a lower body that recognised the Ganges and its tributary the Yamuna as "legal persons" in an attempt to protect the highly polluted rivers from further degradation. The landmark ruling made polluting or damaging the rivers legally comparable to hurting a person, and saw…