Man Executed For Setting Fire To His Ex-Wife During Livestream.
A man who set fire to his ex-wife during a Livestream was executed in China on Saturday, according to state media, bringing an end to a case that sparked horror and outrage across the country.
According to Global Times, Tang Lu was executed by the Intermediate People’s Court of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern Sichuan province.
Tang was allowed to see his family before his execution, according to the Global Times.
Tang’s ex-wife, Lhamo, was a Tibetan autonomous prefecture farmer and live streamer. Tang had a history of physical abuse toward Lhamo, according to state media, and the couple divorced in June 2020.
In the months that followed, he sought her out and asked to remarry, but she refused.
Lhamo was live streaming a video of herself in September 2020 when Tang appeared behind her, poured gasoline on her, and set her on fire. She passed away two weeks later. Tang was apprehended shortly after the attack and was sentenced to death in October 2021.
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The case received extensive coverage in national and international media, sparking debate about women’s abuse and mistreatment in China – and how the country’s legal system frequently fails to protect victims while easily pardoning perpetrators.
Abuse was not considered grounds for divorce in China until 2001 when the country’s marriage law was changed.
In 2015, China passed its first nationwide domestic violence law, a ground-breaking piece of legislation that defined the offense for the first time and covers both psychological abuse and physical violence.
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However, critics claim that there are still gaps in the law, such as the fact that it does not apply to same-sex couples and makes no mention of sexual violence.
Since Lhamo’s death, the debate in China on violence against women and gender inequality has raged on.
Last year, there were several explosive rape allegations involving high-profile names, and last month, several women were assaulted in a restaurant after one of them resisted a man’s sexual harassment.