Footage of man beating wife to death on Chinese street sparks outrage
Violence erupted after the married couple accidentally hit a vehicle while driving an electric scooter
A video footage and pictures that appear to show a man in China beating his wife to death as onlookers stood by and did nothing have sparked outrage and raised new questions about domestic violence.
Pictures of the assault first appeared on social media and in domestic news outlets on Sunday and it was shared millions of times.
State media said the violence erupted after the married couple accidentally hit a vehicle while driving an electric scooter in Shuozhou city. Police said in a statement the woman was killed on Saturday morning.
“The suspect is in the custody of public security organs, and the case is being fully investigated,” police said.
Shanxi, yesterday - at least 4 people stand around as this man beats his wife. Nobody steps in to stop this 'marital conflict.' This is how it starts, but it ends up with the woman being stabbed & killed by her husband.— Manya Koetse (@manyapan) November 1, 2020
Many people looked on and filmed, yet nobody stopped him. pic.twitter.com/mzYRfJ6e2l
In the footage, cyclists, motorists and pedestrians, including children, can be seen watching the street-side attack.
Media posts about the incident drew tens of thousands of comments, with most criticising the inaction of the bystanders and the lax attitude towards domestic violence in some sectors of Chinese society.
“He’s not holding a machine gun, why did no one step forward to control him?” asked one commenter in a widely shared response.
China only introduced a specific law criminalising domestic violence in 2015. Activists say violence within families is often ignored.
At the time the law was passed, the government-run All-China Women’s Federation estimated that about one in four Chinese women experienced violence during their marriage. Authorities register some 40,000 to 50,000 complaints a year.
The outrage sparked by the attack is reminiscent of a 2011 incident, also caught on video, when a toddler in the city of Foshan was struck by a vehicle twice and ignored by dozens of passersby.
Social media users pointed out that there is a widely held perception in China that someone who steps in to help could be liable for hospital costs, or ensnared in scams, discouraging people from intervening.
China in 2017 enacted the ‘Good Samaritan’ legislation aiming to tackle the issue by removing civil liability for those involved in helping victims of violence or accidents.
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