A British Indian bank worker who murdered his wife to stop her from revealing that he was secretly gay has been jailed for life.
Jasvir Ram Ginday, 29, from Walsall near Birmingham, throttled his 24-year-old wife Varkha Rani with a metal pipe before burning her body in a garden incinerator in September.
The couple had married just months earlier in a lavish ceremony in India attended by more than 700 people.
Wolverhampton Crown Court however, heard that Ginday had been living a double life as a gay man since 2008 and had been found out by his wife.
West Midlands Police said Ginday was frequenting gay bars and having relationships with men around the time of his engagement to Varkha.
On 12 September Ginday and Rani had an argument over his sexuality. Ginday admitted in court that he had used a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner to choke his wife.
A “panicked” Ginday then dragged his wife’s body to the garden incinerator before telling relatives that his wife had run away and even making a missing persons report at Walsall Police Station.
He also visited a local patrol station to buy several bottles of patrol which he used to burn his wife’s remains over the next two days.
Police initially failed to check in the couple’s garden but eventually found Ms Rani’s remains after neighbours told officers of smoke rising from the couple’s back garden.
In sentencing Judge John Warner said: “Killing her was a dreadful enough thing to have done, but what followed was horrible almost beyond imagining.
“You behaved in an unbelievably casual and callous way, with a complete lack of any humanity.
“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 judge ordered that Ginday spend a minimum 21 years in prison.