An Indian woman has been forced to marry a stray dog in a bizarre ceremony.
18-year-old Mangli Munda was told by the elders of her remote eastern Indian village to wed the bemused pooch, who goes by the name of Sheru. They exchanged nuptials in front of 70 guests, and the entire service was as lavish as any usual Indian wedding.
But why was Ms Munda told to accept Sheru as her husband?
Munda was informed that marrying the dog would help to stave off an evil spell that had allegedly plagued her life, and even though she was clearly unhappy with her new beau she still went through with the ceremony.
A local guru told Munda's parents that the teenager needed to wed the canine because she possessed bad luck and if she married a man then he would automatically bring chaos and destruction to the community and her family.
Munda is adamant that Sheru will bring ultimately help to change her luck, but still declared that she wasn't happy to have such a hairy and four-legged husband.
It also sounds as if Sheru, who was driven to the ceremony in a chauffeured car before being greeted by a hoard of revellers, is taking one for the team by marrying Munda, as he will be separated from his wife once her luck changes.. "I am marrying a dog because the village elders believe that my evil spell will be passed on to the dog," Mundu declared, according to the Mirror. "After that is done, the man I will marry will have a long life."
It's not even as if Munda and Sheru have a long history together, because Mangli's father, Sri Amnmudna, revealed that after he agreed to the village elders' request, he simply went out and found a stray dog to be his daughter's partner.
"The village elders told us that we should organise the wedding as soon as we can," he admitted. "We had to make sure that the evil spell is destroyed. And marrying a dog is the only way to get rid of the bad luck."
Sri then revealed that this isn't the first time that a woman has been forced to wed a dog in the village, as he declared: "Many weddings like this have taken place in our village and also the other neighboring villages. This is a custom that we thoroughly believe in."
Mangli also revealed that it usually proves to be successful too: "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." Once the "evil spell" is over, Mangli is free to marry someone else without even divorcing Sheru, who will then be forced to return to life as a single pooch.
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