A couple was arrested for allegedly murdering their young software engineer daughter for marrying outside their caste in Andhra Pradesh.

P. Hari Babu and Samrajyam, who were absconding since Sunday, were arrested by the police in Guntur.

Pachala Deepthi (25), who had married her colleague against the wishes of her parents, was found murdered on Sunday within hours after returning home from Hyderabad.

The parents, who had brought her home by promising to honour their marriage in the presence of relatives and friends, allegedly strangled her to death after tying her to the bed.

The murder came to light after Deepthi’s husband A. Kiran Kumar went to their home.

Deepthi, a software engineer with an IT firm in Hyderabad, fell in love with her colleague Kiran Kumar, who hails from in East Godavari district.

Mr. Kumar, who joined a multinational firm in the U.S. last year, and Deepthi decided to marry but the girl’s parents opposed the alliance.

After failing to convince her parents, Deepthi married Mr. Kumar at the Arya Samaj office in Hyderabad on Friday. Her parents rushed to Hyderabad the next day and took the couple to Guntur by promising to solemnise the marriage in the presence of relatives and friends.

They made Mr. Kumar and his friends stay in a hotel and took their daughter home, where they executed the murder plan.

Police said Deepthi’s parents fled after killing her.