A 7-yr-old boy in a rural part of India has been forced to marry a dog because his horoscope chat predicted his wife would die young when he marries in future.
The little boy identified as Mukesh Kerayi from Jharkhand, India, had grown a tooth in the upper part of his mouth which is considered bad luck by his people according to their traditional beliefs.
Kerayi's family made his marry a dog in order to make sure the future predictions do not come to pass in future. The dog officially became the boy's first wife.
Family members had dressed the female dog in a bridal outfit and villagers had attended the wedding ceremony.
They had danced and were merry like it was an actual wedding between two lovers.
"We believe the marriage will ward off any bad omen attached the boy", Mukesh's grandfather 43-yr-old Ashok Kumar Leyangi said.
"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," he added.
The family said the dog was put back on the streets after the wedding.
These horoscopes and superstitions are religiously followed by people in the rural communities, despite efforts made by government to educate these communities.