A Chinese man who charred to death his ex-wife sentenced to death

Popular Tibetan vlogger Lhamo who was murdered by her ex-husband Tang Lu. Image: Douyin 188936504.

DHARAMSALA, 15 Oct: A Chinese man who set his ex-wife on fire during one of her livestreams has been sentenced to death on Thursday.

Lhamo, a popular Tibetan vlogger died after being doused in gasoline and set ablaze by her ex-husband Tang Lu in September last year.

The 30-year-old Tibetan women’s murder by her divorced husband became a subject of nationwide notoriety in China after the entire horrendous episode was caught on camera. 

Tang was seen barging into her house, douse her with gasoline and set her ablaze in what was her last livestream. 

She sustained 90 per cent burns on her body and later succumbed to death in hospital two weeks later.

According to a report on China’s state-run CCTV, a Chinese in court in Ngaba prefecture found Tang guilty of “intentional homicide” and sentenced him to death. 

Additionally, the court has declared his crime “extremely cruel” that deserves severe punishment besides ordering him to pay compensation.

Tang had a history of violence towards Amchu because of which she divorced him in June 2020, few months before she was murdered.

Lhamo was a popular Tibetan video blogger from Ngaba in the Traditional Tibetan province of Amdo. She has over 782,000 followers and 6.3 million likes on her Douyin, the Chinese version of Tik Tok while her videos have received.

Her murder “triggered an online outcry over the under-reported issue of domestic violence in rural communities – especially where it affects ethnic minorities,” reports the Mail Online.

Domestic violence was criminalised in China only in 2016 as such, the report says “the issue remains pervasive and under-reported, especially in under-developed rural communities.”

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