20 February 2004

Man marries dog for luck, then dies

A 75-year-old man in Nepal married a dog in a local custom to ensure good luck only to die three days later, a newspaper reported.

With his son and other relatives by his side, Phulram Chaudhary tied the knot with a dog in Durgauli village in the south-western Kailali district on Saturday.

He was following a custom of his Tharu community, which holds that an old man who regrows teeth must take a dog as a bride.

I hope it was a female dog, otherwise it would have threatened the sanctity of marriage.

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