Prosecutor Deborah Gould informed the Wolverhampton Crown Court on March 19 that gay Indian bank worker Jasvir Ram Ginday attacked and strangled his wife Varkha Rani with a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner following which he burnt her body in the garden incinerator, reports timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
When the police got to the scene and lifted the lid of the metal incinerator, they saw the remains of a skull.
Ginday and his 24-year-old wife Rani got married in India in March 2013 and moved to UK last August after being granted a visa.
Ginday however was gay and have been in relationships with men since 2008.
Gould informed the Court that the hard drive from Ginday’s computer showed internet searches and information on incinerators just a month before Rani’s death on September 12.
Ginday – a resident of Walsall in West Midlands was arrested in September after police discovered the unrecognizable remains of his wife.
Gould told jurors at Wolverhampton Crown Court: “Despite his sexual orientation, in October 2012 the defendant and his mother travelled to India to find him a wife. He met Varkha Rani, shortly before his return to the UK through the intervention of a match-maker, who was known to both families. No doubt to Varkha’s family he appeared to be a perfect match for their intelligent, well-educated, and attractive young daughter.”
Ginday had initially told the police his wife had walked out on him after ‘using’ him to gain entry to the UK.
Ginday was hoping that Rani’s remains would be taken away by the garbage collectors. Instead the police got their hands on it.
Rani’s father, Surjit Singh told the jury he was completely unaware of his son-in-law’s sexual orientations.
Ginday denies a charge of murder but has admitted manslaughter and a further charge of perverting the course of justice by lying to police.
Arranged marriages are traditional in South Asian society and continue to account for an overwhelming majority of marriages in the Indian subcontinent and among Indian Diaspora. It is common for the partners to not know their spouse-to-be too well.
Being gay in India is socially unacceptable, besides being a criminal offence.