(Photos by Krisztina Danka)
NEW DELHI —Tens of thousands of villagers are marching toward Delhi to pressure the central government to save the Yamuna River, in one of the biggest protests against river pollution in India.
The protesters, whose numbers have fluctuated between 20,000 to 100,000 since they embarked on their journey on March 1, include men, women and children, mostly from Uttar Pradesh but also from Haryana and other neighboring states.
They started from Vrindavan, a holy town near Mathura on the bank of the Yamuna River, also known as the birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna. Ten days later, they have traveled north 140 kilometers (85 miles) to reach Delhi’s border, where they are camping in an open space.