A Chinese man who killed his ex-wife, setting her on fire while the victim was broadcasting live on social media, was sentenced to death on Thursday.
Thus, the Abe Prefectural People’s Intermediate Court of Sichuan province (China) found Tang Lu guilty of murdering his ex-partner, identified as Lhamo, on September 14, 2020, informs The South China Morning Post.
The couple divorced in mid-2020, but on the day of the tragedy, the man made an unexpected visit to the home of Lhamo, a well-known ‘influencer’, who at that precise moment was sharing a live video in Douyin, the Chinese version from TikTok. The subject carried a knife and a bucket of gasoline with which he sprayed the woman during the ‘streaming’. Two weeks later, the victim died from the severity of the burns.
Previous assaults reported to the Police
Tang’s physical assaults began shortly after the couple married. Initially, Lhamo did not want to tell about the abuse to those close to him, but later dared to comment on them to his sister Dolma. However, the relative was unable to placate the attacker, who even broke her jaw during an altercation in December 2020.
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Lhamo tried to escape the domestic abuse several times and addressed the police on two occasions, where, according to the report, they refused to help her, claiming that it is “a family affair“After managing to separate, the woman had to return to Tang, as he threatened to murder her two children. Faced with the continuous abuse, the victim requested a divorce again, and although the marriage was dissolved, the man managed to stay as guardian of the kids.
The cruelty of the crime, its public nature, and the lack of preventive measures by the authorities despite being aware of the situation have ignited the debate on domestic violence in the Asian giant.