A seven-year-old boy has been forced to marry a female dog in a rural Indian village because his horoscopes foretold his first wife would die young.
Mukesh Kerayi had also grown a tooth in the upper part of his mouth – which, according to traditional tribal beliefs in Jharkhand, India – is bad luck.
So with all signs pointing to an ominous future, the family made him marry a dog so it would officially become his first wife.
Despite government efforts to the contrary, many of the region’s tribal communities still follow horoscopes and other superstitions religiously.
For the big day, the family dressed the dog in a bridal outfit and the village turned out for the celebrations just like a normal wedding.