This time, the victim is a 23-year-old old woman who was engaged and to be married in a few days.

S Dhanya was hacked to death at her house in Coimbatore on Wednesday night allegedly by a man she had turned down.

Dhanya was alone at home as her parents had gone out for shopping, locking the front door. That is when Zahir allegedly entered through the back door and tried to molest her. Furious over her stiff resistance, Zahir attacked her with a sickle, police said.

After hacking Dhanya to death, 27-year-old Zahir allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison following which he has been admitted to the ICU ward of a Palakkad hospital.

According to the police, the accused, who works in a mill, was a family friend and had known Dhanya for over a year. He proposed marriage to which Dhanya's parents did not approve of.

"We've registered a case of murder. We have not arrested him yet as he's in the ICU (intensive care unit)", informed the police sources.

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