Man Allegedly Kills Wife To Hide His Same-Sex Attraction To Men
Prosecutors in the United Kingdom allege that a man murdered his wife months after marrying her in order to hide his sexuality.
Jasvir Ram Ginday is alleged to have attacked Varkha Rani at their home with a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner.
He burnt her body in a garden incinerator but told a neighbour he had set fire to "general rubbish", Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
Mr Ginday, 29, of Walsall, admits manslaughter but denies murder.
According to prosecutor Deborah Gould, Ginda told a friend he was attracted to men as early as 2008. From the Mirror UK:
Ginday, who has also admitted perverting the course of justice by lying to police, is alleged to have entered into an arranged marriage with Miss Rani earlier last year to "conceal his homosexuality and please his parents".
Claiming that he had told a friend he was attracted to men in his university study group, Miss Gould told the jury: "Despite his sexual orientation, in October 2012 the defendant and his mother travelled to India to find him a wife.
"While he was there the defendant met and rejected several women before meeting Varkha Rani through the intervention of a match-maker.
"No doubt to Varkha's family the defendant appeared to be a perfect match for their intelligent, well-educated, and attractive young daughter."
Miss Rani married Ginday in India last March and moved to the UK in August after she was granted a visa.
She was "in all senses a stranger in a strange land" and appeared to be isolated, friendless and alone, said Miss Gould.
Meanwhile, her husband was "staring reality in the face" and would have had to explain any attempt to divorce his new bride.
"His ultimate intention, the Crown suggests, was to play the role of victim safe in the knowledge that he could rely upon his married status as a permanent excuse for never having to have another relationship with a woman."
We're unclear as to how Ginday killing his wife (or, effectively, his "beard" as proposed by the prosecution) allows him to hide his alleged same-sex attraction to men. Was he going to play the brooding widower for the rest of his life?
Wouldn't it make more sense to continue having his wife as a cover if he was so intent on hiding his alleged orientation?
It's a senseless crime from a cowardly man. Allegedly.
In any case, Ginday has admitted to lying to police and his trial continues.