A Chinese man convicted of killing his former wife by setting her on fire was executed in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday in a domestic violence case that had drawn national outrage.
Tang Lu set his ex-wife on fire in September 2020 while she was livestreaming on Douyin, the short video platform. The 30-year-old woman, known online as Lamu, died of her injuries a few weeks later.
The Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture Intermediate People's Court said in a short statement that it had carried out Tang's execution early Saturday.
Lamu had offered a glimpse into her life in short videos and livestreams on the Chinese version of TikTok run by the same parent company. In her videos, she showed off the Sichuan countryside and blogged about her life. She was ethnically Tibetan and often wore traditional Tibetan clothing in the videos.
Lamu's sister had told the Paper, an official media outlet based in Shanghai, that her sister suffered domestic abuse at Tang's hands for years and decided to divorce him as a result.
The case drew widespread condemnation and outrage across the country over the plight women face in abusive marriages. Police took the man into custody a few days after news of the attack spread.
Tang had appealed his death sentence but lost in January.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - DO YOU NEED HELP?
If it's an emergency and you feel that you or someone else is at risk, call 111.
If you're in danger now:
- Phone the police on 111 or ask neighbours of friends to ring for you.
- Run outside and head for where there are other people.
- Scream for help so that your neighbours can hear you.
- Take the children with you.
- Don't stop to get anything else.
- If you are being abused, remember it's not your fault. Violence is never okay
Where to go for help or more information:
- Women's Refuge: Free national crisis line operates 24/7 - 0800 refuge or 0800 733 843
- Shine, free national helpline 9am- 11pm every day - 0508 744 633
- It's Not Ok: Information line 0800 456 450
- Shakti: Providing specialist cultural services for African, Asian and middle eastern women and their children. Crisis line 24/7 0800 742 584
- Ministry of Justice:
- National Network of Stopping Violence:
- White Ribbon: Aiming to eliminate men's violence towards women, focusing this year on sexual violence and the issue of consent.
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