Chinese killer is sentenced to death for dousing his vlogger ex-wife with petrol and burning her alive during one of her livestreams
- Tang Lu has been sentenced to death for killing his wife, Amachu, last year
- Known online as Lamu, she was doused with petrol and set on fire on livestream
- She sustained burns on 90 per cent of her body and died two weeks later
- A court statement said his Tang Lu’s crime called for ‘severe punishment’
A Chinese man has been sentenced to death for setting his ex-wife on fire during one of her livestreams.
Amuchu, a 30-year-old Tibetan vlogger known on social media as Lamu, died after being doused in gasoline and set ablaze by her former husband Tang Lu in September last year.
She sustained burns on 90 per cent of her body and died from her injuries in hospital two weeks later.
Amuchu divorced Tang – who had a history of violence towards her, the court said – in June 2020, only 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 in gasoline and set ablaze by her former husband Tang Lu in September last year
He was sentenced to death for intentional homicide by a court in Aba Prefecture, a remote rural region of southwest Sichuan province with a large number of ethnic Tibetan residents.
His crime ‘was extremely cruel and the social impact was extremely bad,’ the court statement said, calling for ‘severe punishment’ in accordance with the law.
At the time, her death triggered an online outcry over the under-reported issue of domestic violence in rural communities – especially where it affects ethnic minorities.
Lamu was a popular Tibetan video blogger who lived in the mountainous prefecture of Aba in western China’s Sichuan Province.
Some of Lamu’s videos documented her life in rural China. Others showed her lip-syncing to songs she liked
Through her account on Douyin, the Chinese version of Tik Tok, she had amassed more than 782,000 followers and 6.3million ‘likes’ before being assaulted.
Some of Lamu’s videos documented her life in rural China. Others showed her lip-syncing to songs she liked.
After her death, tens of thousands of grieving followers commented on her Douyin page, while millions of users on the Twitter-like platform Weibo demanded justice using trending hashtags that were later censored.
China only criminalised domestic violence in 2016, but the issue remains pervasive and under-reported, especially in under-developed rural communities.
The attack took place at Lamu’s home in the mountainous prefecture of Aba in western China’s Sichuan Province. Pictured: A file image showing a temple complex in Aba
Around one in four married Chinese women have experienced domestic abuse, according to a 2013 survey by the All-China Women’s Federation.
Activists say victims’ repeated complaints are often not taken seriously by police until it is too late, with the issue often regarded as a private family matter in the country’s conservative culture.
There have also been concerns that a recent change to China’s civil code – which introduced a mandatory 30-day ‘cooling-off’ period for couples wishing to divorce – may make it harder for victims to leave abusive marriages.
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