The Ganges river and its main tributary, the Yamuna - considered sacred by many Hindus - are granted the same legal rights as people.
The largest religious gathering on earth is underway at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers. India's Hindu nationalist-led government has actively promoted the festival.
Air pollution in India has reached dangerous levels, killing at least one out of every eight persons, according to a recent study. Experts are urging the government to act fast. Murali Krishnan reports.
The Himalayan Gaddi community of pastoralists has long lived from the land. But with rising temperatures pushing them higher up into mountains in search of grazing pastures, their way of life is under threat.
An Indian court denied the appeals of three men convicted of a 2012 gang rape who wanted their death sentences lifted. The gang rape of a medical student sparked outrage in India and led to harsher sex crime penalties.
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