A teenager married a DOG during a lavish Indian wedding in front of at least 70 guests.
Unhappy Mangli Munda, 18, from a remote part of eastern India, was told by
village elders that marrying the
confused canine would ward off an evil spell.
A local guru told her parents the teenager possessed ill-luck and that
marrying a man would bring destruction to the family and her
The baffled dog, Sheru, was brought to the wedding in a chauffeur driven car
and welcomed by revellers.
Mangli, who has not been to school, said she was not happy to wed a dog, but
insisted that it will help change her fortunes.
The hesitant bride said: "I am marrying a dog because the village
elders believe that my evil spell will be passed on to the dog.
"After that is done, the man I will marry will have a long life."
Mangli's father Sri Amnmunda agreed and even found a stray dog named Sheru
as a match for his daughter.
He said: "The village elders told us that we should organise the
wedding as soon as we can. We had to make sure that the evil spell is
"And marrying a dog is the only way to get rid of the bad luck."
And amazingly, this not the first time that a local girl has wed a dog in
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
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.
"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,"
"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.
"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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