A seven-year-old boy has been forced to marry afemale dog in a rural Indian village because hishoroscopes foretold his first wife would die young.
Mukesh Kerayi had also grown a tooth in the upperpart of his mouth - which, according to traditionaltribal beliefs in Jharkhand, India - is bad luck.
Despite government efforts to the contrary, many of the region's tribal communities still followhoroscopes and other superstitions religiously.
For the big day, the family dressed the dog in a bridal outfit and the village turned out for thecelebrations just like a normal wedding. They danced and cheered as though it was Mukesh'sreal life wedding, it was claimed.
His grandfather, Ashok Kumar Leyangi, 43, said: 'We believe the marriage will ward off any badomen attached the boy. This is traditional practice in our tribal community and we still believein these old customs. We feel that it is our adult responsibility to keep our children safe andhappy this way.'
"This is definitely one of the weirdest things I've read. On a side note, doesn't the dog lookadorable?! Such a shame she doesn't even know what's happening she's just loving theattention ,"JessiCruz from United States commented on facebook.
"Did the dog say 'yes I do'?", another netizen joked.