Lamu, who passed away last year, was a well-known vlogger, with 770,000 followers. Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Popular Tibetan vlogger, Aiyaz Khan, was killed by her husband while she was livestreaming. He was sentenced to death.
China was shocked by her grisly murder, and reacted with outrage to domestic abuse.
China has struggled for decades with domestic violence issues. One in four Chinese women have been subject to physical abuse.
China's man was sentenced to death for setting his ex-wife on fire while she was live-streaming. This brutal case shocked the nation and fueled national outrage about domestic violence against women.
The intermediate people's court found Tang Lu guilty of intentional murder in Sichuan province on Thursday, according to state media CCTV News.
The court stated that his crime was "extremely cruelty" and that the "social effect was extremely severe."
Tang's ex-wife Amachu was 30 years old. She was an ethnic Tibetan vlogger who went under the name "Lamu" on Douyin, China's equivalent of TikTok. She posted cheerful videos from her life in the mountains that featured her singing, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Lamu would often wear traditional Tibetan clothing for her videos. Her followers often praised Lamu for not using makeup.
Amachu, also known as "Lamu," frequently posted about her life in the mountains. Screengrab/Douyin
According to her Douyin account description, "It's nothing that I don't enjoy city life but I want my father to be there with me, so I have to rely on mountains to make an income." I want to share the mountain's treasures with more people!"
According to CCTV, the mother of two was married to Tang in 2009. However, they often quarreled and Tang beat her many, as the court heard.
Lamu divorced Tang on June 2020. He later tried to remarry her, but was turned down. According to CCTV court hearings, Tang went to Lamu’s father’s house at 10:30 p.m. on September 14, 2021 and poured gasoline on Tang and set her on fire.
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She sustained burns to 90% of her body, and she died two weeks after the attack. According to Sina News, Tang fled the scene and was later arrested by local police.
Lamu's father's home was set on fire by the attack, and since then, the elderly man has lived in a nursing home close to a government facility. Sina
China was outraged by Lamu's sudden death
Lamu's story has led to renewed anger in China about domestic violence against women. Tens of thousands of mourning comments were left on Lamu's Douyin page. Millions of people also used Weibo to call for justice, using the hashtags "Lamu", and "Lamu was set on fire by her husband," according to the Hong Kong Free Press. HKFP reported that many of these posts were later censored.
After Lamu's death, reports revealed that her family had endured brutal history of violence from Tang.
According to the Chongqing Morgen Post, their June 2020 divorce was actually their second. Lamu had reportedly previously divorced Tang in May 2020, but returned to him after threatening to kill one of their children who was in his care.
Soon after, she ran from Tang and fled to hide with her relatives. According to the Post Tang confronted Lamu’s sister and beat her after she refused to reveal Lamu's location.
The Post was told by her family that they had reported the incident to police but that the authorities didn't do anything. Lamu split with Tang for the second time in June 2020. She was granted custody of their children.
Lamu posted videos on Douyin even after divorcing Tang for the second time in June. Screenshot/Douyin
According to state media CGTN, around one in four Chinese women are victims of domestic abuse.
Domestic violence was a family matter, which police and authorities have considered for many years. China has only made it a criminal offense in 2016.
China has been outraged by other high-profile cases of abuse. A man was accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend in July. He had written a promise not to do it again. The video shows him grabbing his ex-girlfriend and forcing her into his car, while she screams.
The hashtag "guarantee", which trended on Weibo afterward, received 740 million mentions, according to The South China Morning Post.
Lamu's older sister Zhuoma, a Douyin vlogger, has now taken control of the account. She posts updates about her family's status and sends her sister tearful goodbye messages.
Zhuoma appears to have written Lamu in her most recent video posted last week: "I'm sorry. A year has passed and I still cannot give you an explanation. "I've done my best to protect the people I love and care about."
"In the next world, I will be your older brother and protect you well. Little sister, rest in peace.
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