A Chinese man has been sentenced to death for turning on his ex-wife during one of her livestreams.
Amuchu, a 30-year-old Tibetan vlogger known on social media as Lamu, died after being dipped in gasoline and burned by her ex-husband Tang Lu last September.
She sustained burns on 90 percent of her body and died of her injuries at the hospital two weeks later.
Amuchu divorced Tang – who had a history of violence against her, the court said – in June 2020, just months before she was murdered in her father’s home.
Amuchu (pictured), a 30-year-old Tibetan vlogger known on social media as Lamu, died after being dipped in gasoline and burned by her ex-husband Tang Lu last September
He was sentenced to death for premeditated murder by a court in Aba Prefecture, a remote rural area in southwestern Sichuan province with a large number of ethnic Tibetan residents.
His crime ‘was extremely cruel and the social impact was extremely bad’, the court statement said, calling for ‘severe punishment’ in accordance with the law.
At the time, her death sparked an online outcry over the underreported issue of domestic violence in rural areas – especially where it affects ethnic minorities.
Lamu was a popular Tibetan video blogger who lived in the mountainous prefecture of Aba in western China’s Sichuan province.
Some of Lamus’ videos documented her life in rural China. Others showed her lip syncing to songs she liked
Through her account on Douyin, the Chinese version of Tik Tok, she had amassed more than 782,000 followers and 6.3 million ‘likes’ before being assaulted.
Some of Lamus’ videos documented her life in rural China. Others showed her lip syncing to songs she liked.
After her death, tens of thousands of grieving followers commented on her Douyin page, while millions of users on the Twitter-like platform Weibo demanded justice using trending hashtags that were later censored.
China only criminalized domestic violence in 2016, but the problem remains widespread and underreported, especially in underdeveloped rural areas.
The attack took place in Lamu’s home in the mountainous prefecture of Aba in western China’s Sichuan province. In the picture: A file picture showing a temple complex in Aba
About one in four married Chinese women has experienced domestic violence, according to a 2013 study by the All-China Women’s Federation.
Activists say victims’ repeated complaints are often not taken seriously by police until it is too late, and the issue is often seen as a private family affair in the country’s conservative culture.
There have also been concerns that a recent amendment to China’s civil code – which introduced a mandatory 30-day “cooling-off period” for couples wishing to divorce – could make it harder for victims to leave abusive marriages.