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Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, shares a cigarette with his monkey Raju at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Raju, a monkey, grasps the shirt of his caretaker Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver while walking through a street at Banetha village, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. Indian forest department officials unsuccessfully tried to a stop a unique simian wedding citing it violated the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act. Monkeys play a significant role in Hindu religion where they are worshipped in the...

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A villager sits with Raju, a monkey, in a temple compound at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, makes a local drink as his monkey Raju is fed water by his wife at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, holds his monkey Raju as he walks out of a room in his house at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, plays with his monkey Raju in his house at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Raju, a monkey, is seen chained to a wooden log on a thatched roof at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Women dance in the village temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Forest department officials try to persuade villagers to call off a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman plays a drum in the village temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Villagers watch women dancing in the temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Visitors travel on the rooftop of a bus as they come to watch a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Policemen keep watch while sitting under a banyan tree as they stop visitors from going to the venue of a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A forest guard stands next to Chinki, a monkey, after it was found tied to a tree outside Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. DING REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A policeman stops a visitor from going to the venue of a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A forest department official carries Chinki, a monkey, on his shoulder after it was found tied to a tree outside Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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