A man in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh attacked a woman with a hammer because she rejected his proposal to marriage, before ending his own life.

The incident, reported in the city of Ghaziabad on Monday, came to light after authorities received a call from a hospital stating that a 22-year-old woman was admitted by her father, Indian Express reported.

The victim's father told deputies that the accused, who lived in the same locality as them, wanted to marry his daughter but her hand was already promised to someone else, which infuriated him.

"The victim’s father told the police in his complaint that he had fixed the marriage of her daughter. But one of his neighbors wanted to marry her and was angry after her engagement. On February 21, she was going to her office when the accused came and assaulted her on her head," Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) Sanjay Kumar Sain said.

The woman was headed for work when the attack took place. The accused returned to his home after the attack and took his own life. The man's body was sent to a nearby hospital for an autopsy, Navbharat Times reported.

A case of attempted murder was registered at the local police station on the basis of the father's complaint and a probe was initiated. "We started our investigation and we came to know in the meantime that the accused, who had assaulted her, died by suicide at his home in the Loni area. He was declared brought dead at GTB Hospital," Sain told The Indian Express.

In May 2021, a 71-year-old man in the U.K. was sentenced to seven years and nine months in prison after he attacked his ex-wife with a hammer and screwdriver for leaving him. The attack took place outside the woman's office. Alec Butt hid behind bins waiting for his wife, Anna, to walk by and assaulted her with a hammer and a screwdriver after holding her against a wall. The man also banged the woman's head against the wall during the scuffle. A bystander called the cops, prompting the man to flee. He was later arrested.

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