P. Selvakumar, 33, said he had been suffering since he stoned two dogs to death and hung their bodies from a tree 15 years ago. To atone for this, he married a female dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony Sunday.
According to Selvakumar, after that incident, his "legs and hands got paralyzed and I lost hearing in one ear."
An astrologer had told him the wedding was the only way he could end the curse. To this end, his family picked out (an arranged marriage!) Selvi, a former stray.
Apparently such marriages are not uncommon in India, in cases of warding off "bad omens" or "evil spells" --- and the participants are free to marry again and do not need to divorce.
Another word comes to my mind besides atonement, however.