The Ganges river and its main tributary, the Yamuna - considered sacred by many Hindus - are granted the same legal rights as people.
The sentence is one of the first under a new law allowing for speedy trials and death penalties for child rapists. The brutal rape of the class 2 student in June sparked angry protests.
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.
Lack of awareness, outdated ATMs and less-secure cards make the country an easy target for criminal gangs. Could the rise in fraud cases deter Indians from endorsing their leader's cashless pitch?
India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history. But Rajender Singh has been working to restore supply to more than a thousand villages, and has rejuvenated 11 rivers using traditional techniques.
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