Captured in Cape Town: The Murder of Anni Dewani

Her husband was a key suspect. But the investigation’s focus on his bisexuality may have hindered justice.

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Shrien Dewani and Anni Ninna Dewani at their wedding in Mumbai (Anni Dewani memorial page)

Imaan Sheikh


June 8, 2021

It was 2010, and engineer Anni Hindocha was living her dream. The 28-year-old Swedish Indian bride was marrying her British Indian husband, Shrien Dewani, in Mumbai. Their wedding was lavish and romantic: the couple slow-danced under soft lavender lights, gazing into each other’s eyes, as Shrien sang the 1990s hit “Pehla Nasha” to his wife. The song perfectly described their whirlwind love. The couple had met through mutual friends just a year earlier, in 2009, while Anni was on a trip to London. Nearly a week after the wedding celebrations, the couple landed in Cape Town for their honeymoon. But, within a few days of their trip, everything came crashing down. The fairytale love story had come to an abrupt end.

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