A newly-wed husband who murdered his wife and burned her body to stop her revealing he was gay has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years.
Bank worker Jasvir Ram Ginday was given a life sentence for killing his bride Varkha Rani who had been in the country just a month before her death.
The 29 year-old put a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner against her throat at their home in Victory Lane, Reedswood, Walsall, on September 12 last year. He then burned her body in a garden incinerator.
He reported the 24-year-old as missing to police but when officers went to investigate they found her body.
Ginday, denied murder but admitted manslaughter. He was convicted by a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court after more than 17 hours of deliberations.
Judge John Warner told him: “Killing her was a dreadful enough thing to have done, but what followed was horrible almost beyond imagining. No one who was in court to hear that evidence will easily put out of their minds, the image of her body being poked and prodded by you down into that incinerator.”
The couple had married during a lavish ceremony in India in March last year. But Ginday had hidden the fact he was gay from his bride and when she found out he killed her.
Speaking after Ginday was jailed, Varkha’s cousin Sunil Kumar Khuttan said: “We are very happy with the sentence he got. He showed no remorse.Of course if we knew his circumstances we would never have arranged a marriage of that kind.”
He said Varkha’s family were ‘devastated and broken.’
And he added: “Everybody is picking up each other, there is no way of coping. All we have been doing day in day out is cry, cry, cry.”
“Time will heal, we can move on but Jasvir will not be moving nowhere for another 21 years. He has shown no emotion. He was the only person that could tell the family what went on.”
From her family home in India Varkha’s mother Kashmir Kaur, said: “He could have left her here after the wedding. He killed her in such a heartless way.” Ginday was also given a concurrent five-year sentence for lying to police.