Guard dog

An infant boy under the age of two has been married to his neighbour’s dog in a village in eastern India to stop him from being killed by wild animals. 

Around 150 tribes people performed the ritual in the state of Orissa’s Jajpur district after the boy grew a tooth on his upper gum, which is seen as a bad omen and believed to make children prone to attacks by tigers and other animals.

After the marriage, the tribal god is believed to bless the child and ward off evil spirits.

The boy’s father, Sanarumala Munda said: “We performed the marriage because it will overcome any curse that might fall on the child as well as on us.”