Girl grows "dog teeth", married to dog
Adding one more chapter to Jharkhand's history of blind belief, an eight-year-old girl was married to a neighbourhood dog in the certainty that it would ward off evil spirits.
The event in a village in Dhanbad, 240 km from here, earlier this week included all the trappings of a normal wedding including a marriage feast and dowry.
The girl's father, Shankar Munda, was quoted as telling local newspapers that his daughter had grown "dog teeth" on her upper jaws which was considered a bad omen.
"If the marriage had not been solemnised, our family might have faced some trouble," he reportedly said.
Villagers showed little remorse either, justifying the incident. "If she had not been married to a dog, it could have invited evil spirits and the village could have faced serious trouble," said Raju Mandal.
According to reports, the girl's parents gave their daughter a dowry of Rs.22,000 in cash, a colour television and a bed among other household items.