One evening in September last year, the Tibetan influencer, Lhamo (30), sent a “live broadcast” from his kitchen in Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.
Hundreds of her 200,000 followers watched the video when a man suddenly entered the room. Then they heard a scream, before the screen went completely black.
When her sister Dolma arrived at the hospital a few hours later, Dolma found her sister with burns on 90 percent of her body and difficulty breathing.
The Lhamo family quickly took to the media and made people aware of their case. They asked for donations to pay for her treatment, but a few days later Lhamo died as a result of the burns.
The police soon acted on the theory that her ex-husband was behind the brutal murder by dousing her with petrol and then setting Lhamo on fire.
Now, he has been sentenced to death for the murder of his ex-wife, according to him Watchman.
A court in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang ethnic minorities in Sichuan province sentenced Lamu’s ex-husband, Tang Lu, to set fire to Lamu.
The court accused Tang of premeditated murder, and accused his method of being “too cruel.” In addition, they described it as a very serious matter.
Lhamo frequently shared videos on Chinese social media Douyin, where she daily shared glimpses of her daily life as a farmer.
In the videos, hundreds of thousands of followers watched as she picks herbs, walks in the mountains, and cooks at home in her home in Jinchuan, Sichuan Province, where she lived with her husband and two children. .
Even if one gets a glimpse of what happened in Lhamo’s life, her followers couldn’t see that she was fighting a battle to protect herself and her children from her violent ex-husband.
She had divorced her husband twice, but he allegedly forced her to marry again.
The case has received a lot of attention in China and sheds more light on domestic violence. There has also been significant debate in the country over the fact that authorities have repeatedly failed to protect victims of domestic violence, despite the enactment of new laws.
Lamu’s death, which followed after she repeatedly tried to divorce her husband and repeatedly alerted police to abuses against her, led to campaigns in China to strengthen laws and make it easier for women to divorce violently.
Campaigning for Lhamo’s death intensified when Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed a United Nations conference the day after Lhamo’s death, saying that “protecting women’s rights and interests must become a national obligation.”
Lu Xiaoquan, a women’s rights lawyer and CEO of Qianqian Law Firm in Beijing, told The Guardian that domestic police often still consider domestic violence a family matter or a private matter that public authorities should not normally interfere with.
“There is a lack of social support system for women who experience gender-based violence, including sexual harassment and domestic violence,” Xiaochuan said.
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