Chinese man who murdered ex-wife vlogger by dozing her in gasoline and burning her to death during livestream is executed
- The Chinese man who murdered his ex-wife by burning her alive has been executed
- Amuchu, a 30-year-old Tibetan vlogger, was killed during a live broadcast in September 2020
- The couple divorced in June 2020 after an abusive marriage, it has been reported
- A gruesome murder reopened the debate on domestic violence, banned only in 2016
A Chinese man who brutally murdered his former vlogger wife by dozing her with gasoline and burning her to death during a live broadcast has been executed.
Thousands of viewers were horrified to see Amuchu, a 30-year-old Tibetan vlogger known on social media as Lamu, doused in gasoline and set on fire by her ex-husband Tang Lu in September 2020.
She suffered burns to 90% of her body and died of her injuries in hospital two weeks later.
Tang Lu’s crime “was extremely cruel and the social impact was extremely bad,” an Aba Prefecture court said in a statement upon his sentencing. He called for “severe punishments” in accordance with the law.
Amuchu divorced Tang – who had a history of abuse against her, the court heard – in June 2020, just three months before she was murdered at her father’s home.
Amuchu (pictured), a 30-year-old Tibetan vlogger known on social media as Lamu, died after being doused with gasoline and set on fire by her estranged husband Tang Lu in September last year
The mother-of-two reportedly reported her husband’s abuse to the police while they were married, but was told it was a family matter.
Lamu was a popular Tibetan video blogger who lived in mountainous Aba Prefecture, a remote rural area in southwestern Sichuan Province with a large number of ethnic Tibetan residents.
She had hundreds of thousands of followers who watched her videos of rural life in the mountainous province.
At the time, her death sparked an online outcry over the under-reported problem of domestic violence in rural communities – particularly when it affects ethnic minorities.
China only criminalized domestic violence in 2016, but the problem remains pervasive and underreported, especially in underdeveloped rural communities.
Thanks to her account on Douyin, the Chinese version of Tik Tok, she had amassed more than 782,000 subscribers and 6.3 million “likes” before being attacked.
Some of Lamu’s videos have documented his life in rural China. Others showed her lip-syncing to songs she loved.
Some of Lamu’s videos have documented his life in rural China. Others showed her lip-syncing to songs she loved
The attack took place at Lamu’s home in the mountainous Aba prefecture in western China’s Sichuan province. Pictured: A file image showing a temple complex in Aba
After his death, tens of thousands of grieving followers commented on his Douyin page, while millions of users on Twitter-like platform Weibo demanded justice using trending hashtags that were later censored.
According to a 2013 survey by the All-China Women’s Federation, about one in four married Chinese women have experienced domestic violence.
And a United Nations study from the same year of 1,000 men in a county in central China found that half of the men surveyed said they had used physical or sexual violence against a female partner during their relationship. life.
Activists say repeated complaints from victims are often not taken seriously by police until it is too late, with the issue often seen as a private family matter in the country’s conservative culture.
There are also concerns that a recent change 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.
The situation is believed to be so bad that the city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province, China, has even introduced a system that allows people getting married to check whether their partner has a history of abuse.