Height of superstition: Child married off to DOG to avoid evil spirits

Jharkand: A 7-year-old boy has been forced to marry a female dog in the village of Jharkand because his family believes it will ward off evil spirits.

Mukesh Kerayi’s horoscope predicted that his first wife would die at a young age.

Signs of Mukesh’s ominous future came about when he grew a tooth in the upper part of his mouth which, according to traditional tribal beliefs is bad luck.

Therefore, in an effort to avoid such a tragedy, they put a bitch (female dog) in a wedding dress so that it would officially become his first wife.

Just like a normal wedding, the family dressed the dog in a bridal outfit and villagers danced and cheered in celebration of the youngster and his new ‘bride’.

After the wedding, the dog was not living with the family but was kicked back onto the streets.

According to his grandfather, Ashok Kumar Leyangi, 43: ‘we believe the marriage will ward off any bad omen attached the boy.

“This is traditional practice in our tribal community and we still believe in these old customs. We feel that it is our adult responsibility to keep our children safe and happy this way.”