Candle Light Vigils Held For Murdered Indo-British Bride


LONDON: Candlelight vigils will be held on November 13 in Bristol London, Cape Town and Sweden to mark one year anniversary of murdered British-Indian honeymooner Anni Dewani. Dewani, 28, died after the car she was travelling in with her husband, Shrien, 31, was hijacked during their honeymoon in Cape Town.

Her husband Shrien Dewani is accused of masterminding Anni’s murder, which he denies vehemently. He faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and obstructing the administration of justice.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo, who has admitted his part in the crime,has been jailed for 18 years for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice after agreeing a plea bargain. UK home secretary Theresa May had earlier ordered Dewani to be extradited to South Africa for the trial.

Anni’s uncle, Manoj Panchmatia, who helped organise the vigils, said it had been “a very difficult year for the family”. “We are all looking for some form of closure,” the BBC quoted him, as saying. Panchmatia said Facebook users, who wanted to do “something special” for Anni, had put forward the idea.

“In addition to the four centres there are hundreds and hundreds of emails we have from people who cannot make it to the vigils who will be lighting a candle,” he added.