Chinese vlogger dies after ‘set on fire by ex-husband during live stream’
Published: 13:53 2 October 2020
Chinese vlogger Lamu died after her ex-husband set fire to her when she was attempting to live stream; Photo: Mirror
A Chinese vlogger named Lamu who was popular on Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese version where she had hundreds of thousands of followers, has died after her ex-husband allegedly doused her in petrol and set fire to her when she was attempting to live stream, said local media reports.
According to BBC, Lamu, hailed from Sichuan province, suffered 90% burnt on her body and died two weeks after the attack.
Her ex-husband, identified by his surname Tang, had allegedly broken into her house armed with a knife and petrol. Lamu’s screen went black soon after she started live-streaming on September 14, state media outlet the Beijing Youth Daily reported.
She was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital for further treatment, a statement from Jinchuan County Public Security Bureau said after the attack on September 14.
According to The Paper, her family asked her financial help and more than one million yuan.
Lamu died on September 30.
She was known for her happy posts on rural life and was praised for not using makeup in her videos, which had millions of likes on TikTok.
What led to such a horrific incident?
Beijing Youth Daily reported that Tang had a history of domestic violence. Lamu was often beaten by him.
Earlier this year in May, Lamu divorced Tang – the couple has two children and each gained custody of one child – however, he threatened to kill one child if Lamu did not re-marry him, said the news report.
She did re-marry him but ended up running away from him. Unable to find her, he reportedly questioned her relatives – Lamu’s sister, who refused to reveal her whereabouts, was also beaten by Tang. She eventually divorced him again and he gained custody of both children.
Police said Tang was detained on September 14 on suspicion of “intentional homicide”. A team is continuing to investigate. But Lamu’s family members said police took “no action”.
Reaction on social media
The case has prompted criticism on China’s social media site Weibo about violence against women in China. “Women are given more security,” one user said.
This is not the first time a victim of domestic violence has met with difficulty in China’s legal system.
Earlier this year, a Chinese woman was beaten by her husband so brutally that she jumped from a window to escape.
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