Who was Amuchu ?
A Chinese man was sentenced to death for setting his ex-wife on fire during one of his live broadcasts.
Amuchu, a 30-year-old Tibetan vlogger known on social media as Lamu, died after being doused with gasoline and set on fire by her ex-husband Tang Lu in September last year.
She suffered burns to 90 percent of her body and died from her injuries in the hospital two weeks later.wikipedia
Amuchu divorced Tang, who had a history of violence towards her, the court said, in June 2020, just a few months before she was killed in her father’s home.
He was sentenced to death for intentional homicide by a court in Aba prefecture, a remote rural region in southwestern Sichuan province with large numbers 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, his death triggered an online protest over the underreported problem of domestic violence in rural communities, especially where it affects ethnic minorities.
Lamu was a popular Tibetan video blogger living in the mountainous Aba Prefecture in western China’s Sichuan Province.
Lamu also made videos of herself searching for food in the area where she lived +4
Some of Lamu’s videos documented his life in rural China. Others showed her lip syncing to songs that she liked.
Through her account on Douyin, the Chinese version of Tik Tok, she had accumulated more than 782,000 followers and 6.3 million ‘likes’ before being attacked.
Some of Lamu’s videos documented her life in rural China. Others showed her lip syncing to songs that she liked.
After his death, tens of thousands of grieving followers commented on his Douyin page, while millions of users on the Twitter-like platform Weibo demanded justice using trending hashtags that were later censored.
China only criminalized domestic violence in 2016, but the problem remains pervasive and underreported, especially in underdeveloped rural communities.
The attack took place at Lamu’s home in the mountainous prefecture of Aba in western China
About one in four married Chinese women has suffered domestic abuse, according to a 2013 survey by the Federation of China Women.
Activists say that repeated complaints from victims are often not taken seriously by police until it is too late, and that the issue is often seen 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, could make it more difficult for victims to leave abusive marriages.
Amachu Quick and Facts
- 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’