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    A 34-year-old man in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu married a dog on Sunday in order to try to rid himself of a curse he believed had been placed upon him for killing two dogs, local media reported.

    NEW DELHI, November 13 (RIA Novosti) - A 34-year-old man in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu married a dog on Sunday in order to try to rid himself of a curse he believed had been placed upon him for killing two dogs, local media reported.

    Selva Kumar, an agricultural worker, said that when he was 18 years old, "he stoned two mating dogs to death and hung them with a rope from a nearby tree."

    Soon after the incident, Kumar told the Hindustan Times newspaper, his "legs and hands got paralyzed and I lost hearing in one ear. Only recently, after treatment, I have managed to become mobile and that, too, with a crutch".

    Desperate to live a normal life, Kumar turned to a local soothsayer, who said he was the victim of a canine curse placed on him by the dogs he had killed, and the only way to remove it was to marry a dog.

    Kumar started looking for a dog bride immediately, eventually settling upon a four-year-old bitch called Selvi.

    At the wedding ceremony, held in a temple and attended by some 200 guests, Selvi was dressed in a sari. The wedding reception was held at the happy couples' house, where the new bride was given milk and a bun.

    However, Selvi later became restless and ran away. She was subsequently caught and brought back to her husband.

    Marriages between humans and other creatures are fairly frequent in Indian villages, and are usually intended to ward off spells and curses.

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