In a suspected case of honour killing, a 22-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her father, a day before her marriage in Malappuram on Thursday.

The victim has been identified as Athira Rajan, a native of Areekode. She was stabbed by Rajan, the accused, over her demand to marry her boyfriend Brijesh, who is from a different caste.

Rajan was against the marriage as Brijesh was a Dailt. The couple decided to tie the knots on Friday against the father's will, after several mediation talks failed.

The father and the daughter had a verbal spat on Thursday, following which he stabbed her with a kitchen knife.

Though Athira was rushed to a nearby hospital, the girl succumbed to her injuries. Rajan is currently in police custody.

(With agency inputs)