A 50-year-old farmer in a village in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh, apprehensive that his dog is probably not taken care of after his death, has named the canine and his wife as his valid heirs in his will.
Omnarayan Verma of Badiwara village in Chaurai tehsil made the will approximately a week back as his ‘first and final will’. According to the will, his valid heirs include his wife Champa Bai, 47, and Jackie, 11-month-old, his pet dog.
“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 either one of them. I am in good health nowadays. I fear that my pet dog may develop into an orphan after my death. I want to give Jackie a share in my property in order that he doesn’t develop into an orphan and he’s polite taken care of. I strongly imagine that the two will care for me till my final breath and after my death they’re going to perform my final rites,” Verma stated in his will.
The farmer went on to emphasise in his will that the two will be his valid heirs and after his death they would be owners of his properties. “Whoever will care for Jackie after my death will use his share in my properties to look after him and will develop into owner of Jackie’s share of the property after his death”, states the will.
The properties mentioned in the will include agriculture land of approximately 21 acre.
Verma said he made will after a domestic dispute and hinted that for practical purposes, the will is all but cancelled.
“I have loved dogs since my childhood. I got the puppy from my son-in-law after my preceding dog died. I got the will notarised after a domestic dispute when I thought that Jackie might be deserted after my death. My son was once upset with me. The village sarpanch came to me and asked me to cancel the will. Though the will isn’t cancelled yet, the issue stands resolved inside the circle of relatives,” Verma said.
Sarpanch of the village Jamuna Prasad Verma said, “I went to Verma’s house along side some other members of the panchayat and tried to reason with him that one of these will had no value but it would definitely cause a rift in his circle of relatives. I think he wrote the will and got it notarised out of anger. He has assured me that he would cancel the will.”