Kanchiguru: A 63-year-old man shot dead his wife on Monday, for reportedly refusing to divorce him for two decades, in Karnataka's Kanchiguru. The accused is identified as Basappa, a retired school teacher and was arrested by Sakharayapatna Police on Tuesday.

Due to marital friction, Basappa and Jayamma were not living together for several years. Basappa alleged that his wife was involved in an extramarital affair, which led to arguments.

As Jayamma refused to divorce Basappa, he walked into her house and shot her with a country-made gun on Monday night. Basappa reportedly assaulted his nephew and brother-in-law before committing this crime. Following this, Basappa surrendered himself to the Sakharayapatna Police. The victim was rushed to Government McGann Hospital in Karnataka's Shivamogga district where the doctors declared her brought dead.

Basappa and Jayamma got married 30 years ago and lived together only for five years before they started fighting and living apart. The couple has two sons. One works with the Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) and the other works as a government school teacher. Basappa had asked Jayamma to sign the divorce papers multiple times, but she had refused him at every juncture, which reportedly prompted him to kill her.