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Chinese court executes man who set ex-wife on fire


TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Chinese court in the southwest province of Sichuan on Saturday executed a man convicted of homicide for setting fire to his ex-wife, in a case that sparked national outrage and horror in a extreme case of domestic violence.

The Intermediate People’s Court of the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Ngawa said in a brief statement posted online Saturday morning that it had executed Tang Lu.

Tang set fire to his ex-wife in September 2020 while she was broadcasting live on Douyin, the short video platform. The 30-year-old, known online as Lamu, died of her injuries a few weeks later.

Lamu had offered glimpses of his life in short videos and live streams on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok run by the same parent company. In her videos, she showed the Sichuan countryside and blogged about her life. She was of Tibetan descent and often wore traditional Tibetan clothing in the videos.

Lamu’s sister had told the Paper, a Shanghai-based state media, that her sister had suffered domestic abuse from Tang for years and decided to divorce her as a result.

The case sparked widespread nationwide condemnation and outrage at the fate women can face in abusive marriages. Police took the man into custody days after news of the attack broke.

Tang had appealed the decision but lost the appeal in January this year.


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