Two minor girls were brutally killed by their father who suspected his wife was having an extra-marital affair.

The incident took place in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The 38-year-old man hacked his daughters to death with a crowbar, media outlets reported. The accused was identified as M Murugan of Rayampettai.

The man also attacked his 27-year-old wife, M Devika, following which the woman was rushed to a government hospital where she remains in a critical condition, Times Now reported. Devika was attacked when she to tried save her daughters.

Murugan was a weaver by profession, while Devika worked as a contractual sanitary worker at a government school. Police said Murugan and Devika lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Later, Devika found a job at a hotel but her husband was not happy with her going to work, due to which the couple frequently got into arguments.

On the day of the attack, the couple had an argument, following which Murugan left the house. He returned late at night and attacked his eight-year-old daughter with a crowbar. He hit the girl in the head and she died at the scene.

Hearing the girl's scream the other daughter, 10, and the mother woke up. Murugan then attacked his 10-year-old daughter with the crowbar.

Neighbors rushed to their home after hearing the mother and children scream. The girls were rushed to Tiruvannamalai Government Medical College Hospital where they were declared brought dead.

Police on Wednesday arrested the father; however, the charges against him remain unclear.

In another incident last month, a father strangled his four-year-old girl to death after he failed to stop her from crying. The man was found travelling with her dead body in his autorickshaw.

The accused, identified as Vasudev Gupta, was upset after his wife left him. He was further triggered when he could not stop his daughter from crying and then killed her.

The incident took place in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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