NEW DELHI (AP) -- A man in southern India married a female dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony in a bid to atone for stoning two dogs to death, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
P Selvakumar, left, garlands his "bride," Selvi.
The 33-year-old man married the sari-draped dog at a temple in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Sunday after an astrologer said it was the only way to cure himself of a disability, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.
P. Selvakumar told the paper that he had been suffering since he stoned two dogs to death and strung them up in a tree 15 years ago.
"After that my legs and hands got paralyzed and I lost hearing in one ear," the paper quoted him as saying.
Family members chose a stray female dog named Selvi who was then bathed and clothed for the ceremony.The groom and his family then had a feast, while the dog got a bun, the paper said.