Showcasing the extreme form of love, a Madhya Pradesh farmer has included his dog in his share of property along with his wife.
Omnarayan Verma took the extreme decision as he was wary that Jacky, the 11-month-old canine, will not be taken care of after his demise.
“My wife Champa Bai lives with me and takes care of me. Jackie is my pet dog and it also takes care of me. I immensely love both of them… I fear that my pet dog may become an orphan after my death. I wish to give Jackie a share in my property so that he doesn’t become an orphan and he is well taken care of. I strongly believe that the two will take care of me till my last breath and after my death they will perform my last rites,” the 50-year-old stated in the will.
Verma, the resident of Badiwara village in Chaurai tehsil, owns about 21 acres of agricultural land.
“Whoever will take care of Jackie after my death will use his share in my properties to look after him and will become owner of Jackie’s share of the property after his death,” the will added.
The properties mentioned in the will include about 21 acres of agricultural land. The farmer said he made the “first and last will” after a domestic dispute.
Verma made will after a domestic dispute. He also hinted that for practical purposes, the will is all but cancelled.
“I have loved dogs since my childhood… I got the will notarised after a domestic dispute when I thought that Jackie might be abandoned after my death. My son was upset with me. The village sarpanch came to me and asked me to cancel the will. Though the will is not cancelled yet, the issue stands resolved within the family,” he said.
Village sarpanch Jamuna Prasad Verma urged the farmer to scrap the will.
“I went to Verma’s house along with some other members of the panchayat and tried to reason with him that such a will had no value but it would definitely cause a rift in his family. I think he wrote the will and got it notarised out of anger. He has assured me that he would cancel the will,” the village head added.