In a bizarre incident, a seven-year-old girl was married off to a dog to ward off evil on her and her family at Kumardhubi colliery here.
The girl Shivam’s teeth first appeared on the upper row and not on the lower, which, according to tribal traditions here, is extremely inauspicious.
Kundan Munda, the father of the girl, said his daughter was married to a dog only to remove the evil eye. The custom was observed by the family and a three-day wedding celebration would take place, he said.
It is believed in the tribal society here that girls with such “irregular” teething die before their marriage and they can be saved only by marrying such girls to dogs.