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#Conniving: Gay Indian man burnt his wife to death weeks after arranged marriage

An Indian man from the West Midlands murdered his wife and burnt her remains in an incinerator months after agreeing to an arranged marriage which would hide the fact that he was an homosexual, a trial has heard.

Jasvir Ram Ginday, a Walsall-based bank worker, is accused of strangling his new wife Varkha Rani before bundling her body into the incinerator and burning her corpse in September 2013.

Ginday, 30,  is then said to have raised the alarm with police, telling officers that his 24-year-old wife had gone missing after assaulting him and that "she had only married him for a visa to come to the UK", a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Prosecutors say that Mr Ginday had agreed to the marriage to the Ms Rani - holder of a IT Masters - to please his parents and conceal the fact that he was gay.

He had travelled to India last March for the lavish wedding before Rani was granted leave to enter the UK in August.

But just a month later, police discovered the unrecognisable remains of the 24-year-old bride in the back garden of the home they shared with other members of Ginday’s family.

Prosecutor Debbie Gould told the court: ‘His ultimate intention was to play the role of victim, safe in the knowledge that he could rely on his married status as a permanent excuse for never having another relationship with a woman...his respectability and that of his family’s would be secured.’

Ms Gould described Ms Rani as a "stranger in a strange land" and had appeared to be "isolated, friendless and alone" as Mr Ginday continued to enjoy the company of what she said was his "network of gay male friends".

"Over the years the defendant made contact with gay chat lines to discuss his sexuality, he developed a network of gay male friends and he attended gay clubs in the Birmingham area", Ms Gould added

On September 12, the day Rani was murdered, neighbours reportedly came to the Ginday's house after being alarmed by the smoke and smell coming out of the back garden. 

Police however failed to search the garden when Mr Ginday made his missing persons report later the same day, only returning later after neighbours informed officers of seeing smoke for the second day running.

Although Ginday had attempted to destroy his wife’s body, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that a woman police constable ‘lifted the lid (of the incinerator) and found herself looking down on a human skull which was severely burnt’.

Miss Gould said the skull was not complete and had only a few teeth, while the body was described as being ‘folded up and foetal-like’.

Officers also discovered Miss Rani’s wedding ring inside the 22-inch deep incinerator.

When police officers went through Mr Ginday's computer days later, they discovered an online search had been made for incinerators some four weeks before Ms Rani's death.

CCTV images also showed Ginday filling up a water bottle with petrol at a service station just hours before the body was discovered.

Pathologists later confirmed the human remains were that of Miss Rani and that she had  died from strangulation by a metal pole being placed across her throat.

Miss Rani’s father, Surjit Singh told the jury he had no idea his son-in-law was gay, and didn’t even know what the term meant. 

Ginday denies a charge of murder but has admitted manslaughter and a further charge of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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