18-year old Mangli Munda in India is marrying a stray dog. This is to ward off evil spirits, which her family believes she has, her parents say.
The confused “groom” was found by Munda’s father, and arrived as stylishly as any other groom in India would have – in a chauffeured car. According to Munda’s mother, Sheru, they have to spend money on the wedding, as it is the only way to “get rid of her bad luck and ensure the benevolence of the village”.
Such weddings are a tradition in this remote village in the eastern state of Jharkhand, India.
Luckily, Munda will not be forever united with this “husband” of hers. It is believed the tradition will ensure the longevity of a couple, when the bride eventually marries a true groom.
As a say to the union, Munda wasn’t pleased with her parents’ selection of a “groom”. “I am not happy with this marriage”, she says.