Born in Amritsar in Punjab, India. Sandip moved as a child with her parents to England in 1960.
She was created a Conservative life peer as Baroness Verma, of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire in May 2006  , having been an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate in two general elections .
Since 1977, Lady Verma has been married to Ashok Verma. They have a daughter and a son.