A woman was beheaded allegedly by her husband who suspected her of having an extra-marital affair at Khunta area in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district a senior police officer said on Thursday.

The 35-year old woman had her head chopped off with a sharp weapon allegedly by her husband Jitu Lohar 43 of Girishchandrapur village late Wednesday night following an altercation the officer said.

The couple who had three children had strained relationships for a long time over the alleged extra marital relationship between the woman and a man of the same village the officer said quoting neighbours.

After an altercation with his wife at home the man allegedly beheaded her with a sharp weapon the officer said adding the torso and the severed head was recovered from the home this morning by a police team lead by Inspector In-Charge of Khunta police station R K Giri.

A case of murder was registered against the accused the officer said.