A Chinese man was executed for killing his ex-wife by setting her on fire while she was broadcasting live.
The woman, known as Lamu, was a well-known social media personality on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.
Hundreds of thousands of the woman’s followers watched videos of her life in the mountains of Sichuan province.
The case highlighted violence against women in China. A survey suggests that a quarter of all Chinese women have been victims of domestic violence.
The mother-of-two children reportedly contacted police about her husband’s abuse during their marriage, only to be told it was a family matter.
When her husband Tang Lu was sentenced to death, the court in Aba Prefecture, a remote rural area in southwestern Sichuan Province where a large number of ethnic Tibetans live, ruled that hus crime was was cruel and bad.
In June 2020, Lamu divorced Tang, who the court found had a history of violence against her.
About three months later, at her father’s house, he doused her in gasoline and set it on fire. He suffered burns to 90% of his body and died two weeks later.
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