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Man marries bitch to atone for his sin

Selvakumar marries a dog to atone for his ‘sin’ of killing two dogs 15 years ago. While the groom and his kin enjoy a sumptuous meal, the bridal dog was given a bun, reports GC Shekhar.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2007 03:48 IST
GC Shekhar
GC Shekhar
Hindustan Times

A man has married a dog to atone for his ‘sin’ of killing two dogs 15 years ago.

P Selvakumar (33) married the dog Selvi at a wedding ceremony in the local Ganesh temple in A Vilathikulam village near Manamadurai of Sivaganga district on Sunday.

Selvakumar recalled that 15 years ago he had killed two dogs when they were mating and strung their bodies from a tree. ‘After that my legs and hands got paralysed and I lost hearing in one ear. Only recently, after treatment I have managed to become mobile and that too with a crutch,” he said.

A local astrologer had said he can be cured of his physical impairment if he atoned for killing those two dogs by marrying a female dog. So Selvakumar got his relatives to find a stray bitch, which was given a bath and draped in a saree. Selvakumar (33) and Selvi then marched in a procession to the temple where Selvakumar tied the thaali (mangalsutra) around the dog’s neck. While the bridegroom and his relatives had a sumptuous meal the bridal dog was given a bun.

First Published: Nov 13, 2007 01:05 IST