A Chinese blogger died after her ex-husband allegedly poured fuel on her and set her on fire while trying to live stream, according to local media reports.
Lamu was popular on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, where she had thousands of followers.
It was said that 90% of Lamu’s body has been burnt and she died two weeks after the assault.
The issue caused a major outcry on social media about domestic violence against women in China.
Lam, 30, who hails from Sichuan Province in China, was known for her numerous contributions about rural life and was also lauded by her fans for not using make up in her videos, which attracted millions of followers.
According to the Beijing Youth Daily, Lamu’s screen went black shortly after she began her live broadcast on September 14.
Her ex-husband, who was identified only by his last name Tang, allegedly broke into her house armed with a knife and petrol.
A statement from the Jinchuan District Public Security Bureau said that after the attack on September 14, she was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital for treatment.
Her family applied for financial assistance and more than one million yuan was raised in just 24 hours, according to The Paper Lamu, who died on September 30.
What caused this?
According to the Beijing Youth Daily, Tang had a history of domestic violence.
Lamu’s brother-in-law, who was identified as Mr Luo, said he heard his wife “mention that his sister was often beaten by Tang.
Lamu is said to have been divorced from Tang earlier this year in May – the couple have two children, and each was granted custody of one child.
Shortly afterwards, Tang threatened to kill a child if Lamu did not remarry, the newspaper said.
She did so, but eventually ran away from him. Since he could not find her, he allegedly questioned her relatives – Lamu’s sister, who refused to reveal her whereabouts, was also beaten by Tang.
Family members said that the incident was reported to the police, who, according to them, did nothing.
She eventually divorced him again and he was granted custody of both children.
The police said Tang was arrested on September 14 on suspicion of “premeditated murder. A team is continuing the investigation, the statement said.
How was the reaction?
The case triggered a discussion on the Chinese social media website Weibo. More than 70 million people used a hashtag that mentioned her death.
One user said she hoped that “women are safer”.
This is not the first time that a victim of domestic violence has encountered difficulties in the Chinese legal system.
Earlier this year, a Chinese woman was beaten so brutally by her husband that she jumped out of the window to escape for her life.
She then tried to divorce her husband, submitting video surveillance footage of the incident as evidence. The court refused to grant the divorce.
She then uploaded the video to social media, where thousands of people rushed to her defense – the court then granted the divorce.
Earlier this year, China introduced a new 30-day pre-divorce reflection period for couples to give both parties time to reconsider their decision. However, this measure raised concerns that victims of domestic violence might be forced to reconsider their decision during this period.
The law, which will come into force in 2021, does not apply to families with a history of domestic violence, although advocacy groups say that many cases are not reported to the police.