In a horrifying incident, a teacher was stabbed to death by her husband in front of her students. The incident took place at a school in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Monday.

The victim, identified as 35-year-old G Rathidevi, was teaching grade 8 students Monday afternoon when her husband, 37-year-old Guru Muneeswaran, barged into the classroom on the second floor of the school building after taking permission from the security. An argument broke out between the two and in a fit of rage, Muneeswaran stabbed his wife with a knife he was carrying. The woman collapsed as the students screamed. By the time the other staff reached the class, the woman had succumbed to injuries and her husband had fled the scene. Muneeswaran, however, surrendered to police a while later.

Police said the couple got married eight years ago and had twins. However, the woman left Muneeswaran and started living with her mother along with her children following irreconcilable difference. Despite several attempts, Muneeswaran wasn’t able to convince Rathidevi to get back to him. The victim joined the school as a teacher last month.

“It seems to have been a family problem. They were married for eight years and have 6-year-old twins but Rathidevi has been living with her mother in her hometown for the past five-and-a-half years. Guru had been asking her to move in with him to his hometown in Ramanathapuram but since she kept refusing, as a last resort he decided to kill her,” police said.

A report was submitted to the school education department and a holiday was declared for the students Tuesday.

“A holiday has been declared in the school for Tuesday and counseling sessions for students will be conducted based on further instructions from the department,” an official from the education department confirmed.

Meanwhile, Muneeswaran was taken into custody and charged with murder while his wife’s body was sent for autopsy.

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In this representational image, Indian police officers stand with an accused who murdered and sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl, at a police station in New Delhi, July 20, 2015. GettyImages/SAJJAD HUSSAIN