AN evil husband who murdered his ex-wife by setting her on fire as she live-streamed to a horrified audience has been executed.
Chinese prison authorities in Tibet said they had executed wife-murderer Tang Lu in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Amuchu, 30, a Tibetan vlogger known as Lamu, died after she was doused in petrol by Lu and set alight in September 2020.
The mum-of-two suffered burns on 90 per cent of her body and died from her injuries two weeks later while in hospital.
Lu was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to death by a Chinese court last October.
The pair divorced in June 2020, with Tang having a history of violence against her, the court in Aba Prefecture, China, said.
Lamu was live-streaming from her home when Lu entered the room and poured gasoline on her. Before she could realise what was happening, Lu set her on fire.
A court statement said Tang “was extremely cruel and the social impact was extremely bad” and called for “severe punishment”.
The horrifying death triggered a massive outcry online and shun the spotlight on the issue of domestic violence in China.
Lamu’s sister told local press that her sister suffered from years of domestic abuse at Lu’s hands and finally decided to divorce him.
Lamu had amassed more than 782,000 followers on Douvin, the Chinese version of TikTok, and picked up 6.3million ‘likes’ on her account before she was attacked.
The clips that she posted documented rural life in rural China as well as showing her singing, dancing and cooking.
Following her death, tens of thousands of grieving fans commented on her Douvin page, while others took to the Twitter-like Weibo platform to call for justice and used trending hashtags which were later censored.
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
China criminalised domestic violence in 2016 with the issue still being significantly under-reported, particularly in under-developed areas.
A survey in 2013 carried out by the All-China Women’s Federation found that around one in four married Chinese women had experienced domestic abuse.