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The ‘Love’ moments of Shrien and Anni Dewani

The Hindocha family, Hindus living in Uganda, were forced to leave the country in the early 1970s after ruler Idi Amin expelled all Asians living there. Granted residence in Sweden

in 1975, they settled in Mariestad, where they started their own company and where their daughter Anni was born and raised.

After studying electrical engineering at the Gävle University College from 2002 to 2006, she worked at Ericsson and lived in Stockholm. 6 months after her death, in a Hindu ceremony described as "simple but moving", her family scattered her ashes in her favourite area of the Vänern Lake.

Shrien Dewani is also a Hindu Lohana and was born in Bristol, and raised at the family home in Westbury-on-Trym. Educated at Bristol Grammar School and the UMIST, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, working in the City of London. In 2005 he resigned his position, to help found and run his family's chain of PSP Healthcare old people's homes.


Anni Hindocha visited her cousin Sneha in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, in 2009, and met Shrien Dewani through mutual friends. Their first formal date was to watch The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End, and they then alternated their weekend meetings between Bristol and Stockholm.

 After gaining permission from her family, Shrien proposed to Anni at the Hôtel Ritz, Paris, in June 2010, with a £25,000 diamond engagement ring balanced on a red rose. Shortly afterwards, Anni moved to Bristol to be with her fiancé. Under her maiden name, in 2010 Anni entered Bristol's Top Model competition. The couple married at the Lake Powai resort outside Mumbai, India, on 29 October 2010. 500 guests attended the traditional three-day Hindu marriage event. They were planning a civil ceremony that would have taken place in the UK in 2011, for friends who could not attend the Indian ceremony.

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