Shrien Dewani to be sued by wife's family for failing to reveal he was bisexual
The parents of Anni Dewani – who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town – are to sue Shrien Dewani, her husband, after he failed to declare that he was bisexual before the wedding.
The father of Anni Dewani, who was murdered in Cape Town during her 2010 honeymoon, has said that the family have hired a lawyer to sue Shrien Dewani for failing to tell them before the wedding that he was bisexual.
Vinod Hindocha said that he had no idea of Mr Dewani's sexuality before his daughter married the British businessman, and that neither he nor she would have agreed to the marriage if they knew.
He described the wedding as "false".
"Which father in the world, including me, would allow their daughter to marry a person who sleeps with men? I don't think anybody would," he told MailOnline.
"Now we have the truth and that he has literally deceived the whole family. He should have opened his heart and told us 'I love your daughter, I'm bisexual. Will you accept me?'
"I would have said: 'You take your way and I will take my way. It was nice meeting you.'"
His wife Nilam agreed, and said: "If I knew Shrien was gay or bisexual I would never have allowed Anni to get married.
"It was a false wedding because of who he really was. Anni would never have married Shrien if she knew the truth that he was bisexual or gay. She would never have accepted it."
Mr Hindocha said that they were seeking legal redress for the deception.
"The whole wedding was a drama and was false.
"I am going to sue him for that. Not just for the money, but for the loss of my daughter. Anni left this world just for nothing," he said.
The MailOnline said that options for legal action include suing the 34-year-old for leading Anni into marriage without revealing his sexuality and for compensation for the money the Hindocha family laid out on the three day £200,000 wedding.
Mr Hindocha said he agreed to pay two thirds of the bill and will also ask for receipts from Mumbai to be disclosed to the court in London to prove how the money was spent.
The Hindocha family told the website they have engaged a senior London lawyer, who has a successful track record in winning compensation, to take up the legal action once criminal proceedings have concluded.
The 28-year old Swedish engineer was found dead from a single gunshot wound in the back of the couple’s taxi on November 14, 2010, hours after it was forced off the road by two armed men.
Mr Dewani and the couple’s driver Zola Tongo had been forced out of the car. Mr Tongo turned state witness and, in return for a suspended sentence, told the ambush was set up after Mr Dewani had asked him to arrange for his wife to be killed. The prosecution say Mr Dewani ordered the hit because he was a closet homosexual. He denies any involvement in what happened.
Next Monday, a judge will decide whether to halt Mr Dewani’s trial at Cape Town’s high court. Mr Tongo, a “middle man” and one of the two alleged “hit men” have given evidence about the British businessman’s involvement but his lawyers have argued that their testimony was weak and contradictory and the case should be thrown out.
Mrs Hindocha said her family has endured “torture” during the past two months of Mr Dewani’s trial, and called on her son-in-law to abandon his bid for an early acquittal and give evidence in the case.
“We have sleepless nights, we can't sleep,” she said. “We get up in the night just thinking of Anni. I hope we get the answers and the trial continues.
“As a mother I think Shrien must give evidence.”
Her husband suggested Mr Dewani was a “coward” for seeking to avoid the witness stand.
“He should stand there as a man on the stand and tell us the full story,” Mr Hindocha said. “He started by telling us he is a bisexual. Now he should go on, carry on, (and tell us) what happened next.
“My message to Shrien Dewani is please give us the answers.”
read more: mermaid wedding dress