4 September 2014

Good turn-out: Around 70 relatives attended the ceremony in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand
Good turn-out: Around 70 relatives attended the ceremony in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand

'And marrying a dog is the only way to get rid of the bad luck.'

And amazingly, this is not the first time that a local girl has wed a dog in the village.

Sri added: 'Many weddings like this have taken place in our village and also the other neighbouring villages. This is a custom that we thoroughly believe in.'

According to the village's customs, the marriage will not affect Mangli's life, and she will be free to marry again later without divorcing the dog.

The big day: Mangli Munda poses with her father, Sri Amnmunda, and her stray dog husband
The big day: Mangli Munda poses with her father, Sri Amnmunda, and her stray dog husband

'My villagers say that many girls like me have followed this ritual and they have gotten rid of their evil spells and are living happy lives now,' said Mangli.

'I will also be free to marry a man of my dreams after after the evil spell is over.'

At the wedding ceremony, people danced to traditional drumming, while around 70 relatives and local villagers attended the wedding.

VIP: The bride's father  carries Sheru in his friend's car on the wedding day
VIP: The bride's father carries Sheru in his friend's car on the wedding day

'Apart from the fact that the groom is a dog, we followed all customs. We respect the dog as much as we would respect a normal groom,' said Mangli's mother Seems Devi.

'We had to spend money on this wedding in the same way as we would in a normal wedding. But that is the only way we can get rid of her bad luck and ensure the benevolence of the village.'

Now with the marriage ceremony over, Mangli has to take care of the dog and raise him as a pet for the next few months.

Mangli added: 'I will marry a man one day. It is the dream of every girl to marry a prince charming. So I am also waiting for my prince.' 


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