Man Marries Dog As Part Of Atonement


Dogs are truly man’s best friend — and now spouse.

A 33-year-old man in Southern India married a female dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony in an attempt to atone for stoning two other dogs to death.

Selvi, the ten-year-old stray dog, was bathed before the ceremony and wore a sari. The two were married at a temple after an astrologer said this was the only way the man could get rid of the curse of killing the two dogs.

The man said that he had been suffering from physical ailments, including a stroke and paralyzed arms and legs, since he killed the dogs 15 years ago.

He promised that he would take care of Selvi for the rest of his life.

The family and the groom had a feast to celebrate, while Selvi received a bun to eat.

Source: CNN, Times of India

Photo: Telegraph

(Thanks Pam)

29 Responses to “Man Marries Dog As Part Of Atonement”

  1. Poodlluver says:

    Um, ok.
    I’m very worried about the poor dog though.
    Dont even wanna think about…

    Although I guess MAYBE the dog will have it better off than alot of other dogs over there do. (I hope….)

  2. Merlin Marshall says:

    I just hope for the dog’s sake that he doesn’t consummate the marriage.

  3. Bridgett says:

    Strange. That is all I am gonna say…

  4. NH says:

    Why don’t they just stone him to death and see how he likes it? Problem solved.

    I feel so bad for that dog. What is going to happen to her?

  5. 3FURS says:

    IMO ,he’ll be afraid to mistreat the dog. He has enough bad Karma now. I wonder if Karma will effect other dog killers.

  6. Lynn says:

    I like NH’s solution. Seems pragmatic to me.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Poor pup didnt have a say in this.

    I agree he should be stoned to death!

  8. Sarah says:

    Wow…I’m glad you guys aren’t deciding how I get punished for my sins :)

  9. Diane says:

    Did they register anywhere? What’s their food bowl pattern?

  10. Nora and Rufus says:

    I am speechless except to say that poor Selvi looks like she needs more than a bun to eat. I hope all the Gods protect her.

  11. mittens says:

    the man is attempting to atone for his horrible deed- i hardly think it’s anyone’s place to condemn him for making a public display of his desire to both admit his guilt and do something positive to prove he acknowledges the error of his ways.

    so many people who apparently have never done a thing wrong in their lives sitting in judgement…particularly of another culture that takes the concept of karma far more seriously and pointedly then we do in the west. people are very good about blabbing about the alleged ‘ karma’ of others when in fact they have never explored the concept of mercy and forgiveness in their own lives if it involves anyone else but their own not so sweet selves. it’s one thing to thoughtlessly kill an animal and be forced to pay some petty fine (if that) and go on in life being a miserable cruel bastard. here’s someone publically- without being forced to-exposing themselves and swearing to go forward and never repeat the offense they acknowledge as wrong- actually being sorry for what one has done and showing it had a negative spiritual impact on your being.

    after decades on earth and exposure to the baseness of humanity i have often thought that marrying one of my cats would probably be a far better bet then wasting my affection and time on fickle selfish morally suspect humans.

  12. straybaby says:

    “The family and the groom had a feast to celebrate, while Selvi received a bun to eat.”

    i sure hope someone will help him understand what she needs in the way of diet, etc. maybe by properly caring for her, he will understand the value of dogs and other pets/animals.

  13. G in INdiana says:

    “after decades on earth and exposure to the baseness of humanity i have often thought that marrying one of my cats would probably be a far better bet then wasting my affection and time on fickle selfish morally suspect humans.”

    Amen, mittens, amen.

  14. Guthrie says:

    “so many people who apparently have never done a thing wrong in their lives sitting in judgement…particularly of another culture that takes the concept of karma far more seriously and pointedly then we do in the west. ”

    Hooray, Mittens! Well said!

  15. Lynne says:

    “Did they register anywhere? What’s their food bowl pattern?”


  16. Tanya says:

    Thank you, mittens.

    this crowd does seem to think violence is a solution to individual human’s problems. That bothers me, cause I can never, ever condone violence on a human being or animal.

  17. Poodlluver says:


    Made the only comments here that make any sense, and show that true compassion also involves common sense and morals.
    Violence and hate does nothing but feed more cruelty and anger in this world.

  18. Pam says:

    Unfortunately, it’s clear he is only “atoning” for his sins because he is “suffering from physical ailments,” not because he has changed and feels he was wrong about killing the dogs.

    Just sad. I hope the dog he “married” is taken care of at some humane level.

  19. Poodlluver says:

    What you say may be true, but dont you think that the physical ailments may be what brought him to see what he did wrong?

    Clearly he now understands that he did wrong otherwise he would not relate his physical ailments to something that he did wrong in his past.

    We are allowed to suffer for reasons.
    Its just that some people never see clearly why they are being allowed to suffer. Or refuse to even look back at the things in there life they’ve done.
    Obviously this mans concience has worked on him over the years and he is now doing what HE thinks is right. Even if it sounds crazy to others.

    At least other humans didnt have to bring him to justice like so many others HERE.
    Over there animals have no rights and that is due to lack of education and knowledge about animals.
    How can WE judge this man that we have never met and say that he has not changed?
    We will never know what his true reasons for doing this is. Only he knows. All we can do is hope that he HAS changed. Its NOT impossible for people to change you know…

    Let those that have never sinned cast the first stone……

  20. Rhonda says:

    When the physical ailments don’t go away after marrying the dog….. then what?
    Does he stone this dog too?

  21. Pam says:


    Of couse it is possible that this man has changed. I guess it would be nice to think/hope that is true. In all reality, this is probably not the case. It is more likely that his ailments have caused him to look for reasons and it could be that he has already tried to “atone” for other things he has done in his past, and that didn’t bring him relief. I may be cynical, but I really doubt that he has changed. Why do you say “we are allowed to suffer for reasons?” Would you presume that anyone who suffers has sinned or done bad things?

    And, Rhonda, I too would worry what happens to the dog if his ailments don’t disappear.

  22. Poodlluver says:

    Hi Pam,

    No, I dont think that someone that suffers is suffering because they have done something wrong or bad necessarily.
    Everyones situation is different though. I think God does allow certain things to happen to certain people FOR certain reasons.
    I’m not God, and I certainly cant explain WHY bad things happen to people that dont seem to deserve it.
    (I could go on and on about that topic, but I will spare you ;)

    I DO however think that when someones conscience is bothering them bad enough combined with (physical) agony, that they may look back on their life
    and think that they are getting what they deserve and that God is angry with them. (or whatever their higher power may be)

    So, they in return try to make it right and receive forgiveness the best way they know how.
    Like everyone else here….I just hope and pray that the dog will be ok. and that it is treated kindly and cared for.

  23. stefani says:

    Huh? This is sick. So what is he going to do with the dog?

    It is very disturbing that people actually place animals in the care of animal abusers. It won’t teach them a lesson, it will just give them proximity to another animal to harm.

    I hope the dog runs away from home, is adopted by a family who won’t abuse him, and the man continues to suffer the curse of the karma he has already earned through his prior abusive actions.


  24. Poodlluver says:

    OH, and uh the poor dog DID deserve more than a roll….
    but they dont treat their human women very nicely over there either from what I understand.
    That may be customary for the bride for all we know…. :^O

  25. stefani says:

    To the people who think this man is trying to atone:

    Um, he and the humans involved in the wedding had a FEAST, while the gave Selvi a BUN — a totally innappropriate and indaquate meal.

    This is an indication that her future treatment will be even worse. AFter all, grooms’ behavior tends to degrade afer the wedding day. And he had all those guests watching.

    This is awful, he’s not atoning at all. A bun! Poor dog!


  26. shibadiva says:

    I’m afraid I’m with Rhonda and Stefani on this one. What is the canine equivalent of bride beating, bride burning, female foeticide, honour killings, etc.? The combination of rural superstition and patriarchy doesn’t look good for Selvi.

    Is this man’s “atonement” for life or just for now? What if he had killed a woman in the past, and married her sister for atonement (and a cure for his ailments)?

  27. shibadiva says:

    A nine-year-old tribal girl in eastern India has married a stray dog as part of a ritual to ward off an “evil spell” on her, Indian newspapers have reported. The girl, Karnamoni Handsa, had to be married quickly because she had a tooth rooted to her upper gum, which is considered a bad omen.

    Apparently, these folks routinely marry animals, trees and statues to ward off the evil eye.

  28. Sigh says:

    I don’t know - I’ve been taking psychology classes recently as I prep to enter the medical field, and it seems to me that most men who torture animals as youngsters tend to have sociopathic personalities, and often go on to abuse women and children.

    Letting this man near an animal doesn’t seem like a wise decision. And I agree that he doesn’t give a rip about his karma. He’s sick, and a superstitious priest told him he could be healed by a ceremony. I understand we’re not talking about an educated group of villagers here, but that doesn’t mean that it’s wrong to point out how ignorant and misdirected this kind of thing is.

  29. shibadiva says:

    Sigh, it disturbs me too, because as soon as the magic spell wears off, the dog is fair game.

    On the other hand, based on the information about the young girl who married a dog, the dog essentially continues to live in the village as a quasi-stray, and the marriage is a ritual only.

    It’s hard for us to see this situation through our Western lens.

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