Coimbatore: A young Keralite woman was hacked to death by a man, who is also a Keralite, after his marriage proposal was turned down by the former. The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Dhanya who was residing at Annur near here.
Zahir, a native of Kunnathur in Palakkad, is undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Palakkad following suicide attempt after committing the crime Wednesday night. He is in a critical condition, police said.
Zahir, 27, had gone to Dhanya's house while she was alone and hacked her to death, reports said.
Dhanya, who worked in a private firm, was allegedly being harassed for some time by the accused to marry him though she had spurned his proposal, police said.
Recently, she got engaged to a man from Kerala and their marriage was fixed for next month. She was found murdered by her parents when they returned home, they said.
The victim had, earlier in the day, gone to a temple with her fiancée on the occasion of Onam.
Zahir had boarded a bus to Palakkad in neighboring Kerala after committing the crime, they said.
A police team later found he had been admitted to a private hospital in Palakkad. Police said he would be brought to Annur once his condition improves.
A case was registered following a complaint by the woman's parents and the accused has been "secured", they said.
Coimbatore police and Palakkad South police have launched a probe into the incident.
This is the fourth such brutal killing by jilted lovers in Tamil Nadu in the last four months.
A 25-year old female teacher was allegedly hacked to death at Tuticorin in August at a church by a man, who later ended his own life, for spurning his love.
A 20-year-old engineering student was allegedly beaten to death in her classroom in a private college in Karur district by her senior last month for spurning his love.
Woman techie Swathi was hacked to death by a young man at a railway station in Chennai on July 24 in full public view for the same reason.