Indian woman marries dog to ward off 'evil spell'

Mangli Munda tied the knot with a local stray dog in a traditional Hindu wedding to break an "evil spell."
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Sept. 4, 2014 at 8:04 AM

RANCHI, India, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- An 18-year-old woman in India landed a loyal husband when she married a dog in a bid to rid herself of an "evil spell" identified by village elders.

Mangli Munda, 18, who lives with her family in a Jharkland village, married a stray dog dubbed Sheru in a traditional Hindu ceremony as a means of lifting a curse that village elders said would cause the death of any man she married, Barcroft TV reported.

"The village elders told us that we should organize the wedding as soon as we can," said the girl's father, Sri Amnmunda. "We had to make sure that the evil spell is destroyed."

Munda said the ceremony was not exactly her dream wedding.

"I am not happy with this marriage," Munda said. However, she said she is happy the wedding -- which is not legally binding -- will allow her to search for a human husband.

"Every girl dreams of marrying a prince," she said.

The family said Sheru might not be Munda's soulmate, but he will now have a place in their home as a family pet.

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