In China, it is reported that at least one fourth of women are subject to domestic violence, mostly in tribal areas of the country. One of these cases was reported in September 2020, when woman in southwestern province of Sichuan, China, was killed by her former husband while she was livestreaming on Douyin.
Douyin is a short video making platform, a Chinese version of TikTok where this 30-year-old victim used to be a vlogger and posted videos of her daily life and features including the beauty of Sichuan countryside.
The victim was a mother of two who had reportedly approached the police for her allegedly abusive relationship with husband during her marriage. Despite this, the police turned down the woman seeking justice by simple regarding this issue as a part of 'family matter'.
The victim’s sister reported to the media that her sister was consistently abused for a number of years by her ex-husband up until June 2020 when she decided to divorce him. Exactly three months after her divorce, the fierce ex-husband set her on fire using petrol at her father's house. It is reported that she suffered up to 90% burns and died after two weeks of surviving this horrific attack.
This inhumane incident created an outrage in the country with millions of people condemning the death of this innocent woman and demanding a fair justice for the departed soul, drawing national attention. Moreover, the matter was brought forward by micro bloggers, who started using hashtags on social media to bring attention to this issue. However, these hashtags were censored and removed.
The victim's husband appealed against a death sentence in the court, but this appeal was denied. Thus, on Saturday, he was sentenced to death and executed in Sichuan.
China has legislated against domestic abuse since 2016. Nevertheless, numerous cases go unreported in tribal and rural areas of China. Additionally, Chinese social activists believe that the new law of "30 days” cooling period for couples that was introduced can only worsen the motivation of women seeking divorce, making the overall process more tiring and difficult.
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3 weeks, 3 days ago by [email protected]
Very sad story. Crime against woman is common in whole south Asia including mainland China. Usually women are subjected to torture on pity issues. The more horrible shape of this menace is honor killing.
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