A man tried to kill a woman in broad daylight in Kaloor area of Kochi on Monday morning. He was arrested by police later in the evening.
The woman, Chithira, from Nellimattam of Kothmangalam, worked at a laboratory in Kaloor.
She was attacked with a saw-like tool by Shyam, a house painter, for not accepting his proposal.
Shyam stabbed the woman on her neck and thighs, at around 6.30am on Monday.
The woman was travelling in an auto while the man kept following her on his bike. He stopped the auto and pulled her out of it before attacking her.
Some locals witnessed the incident but since it was early morning, not many people were on the road.
Witnesses told police that they saw Shyam trying to sever the womanâ€™s head.
Though Shyam ran away from the crime spot, he was arrested on Monday evening from Kothamangalam.
â€śA case has been registered against him for attempt to murder. The woman had declined his proposal to marry him, that was the reason as far as we know. We arrested him by locating his mobile signals,â€ť Kochi ACP Lalji, told The News Minute.
Police added that Shyam had been stalking her for a long time.
The victim is in a critical condition and has been admitted at a private hospital in Kochi.