The bewildering images show a man in China savagely beating his wife to death on a busy street while those around him look in – but do nothing to interfere.
Photographs of the attack, which have gone viral since appearing online this weekend, show the man beating his helpless wife with a wooden stool and a rock at the scene. witnessed by some passersby.
State media said the incident happened on Saturday after a couple accidentally crashed into a vehicle while driving an electric scooter in the eastern Chinese city of Shuozhou – when a man was dumped angry up wife.
The images showed cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, including children, simply watching the attack on the sidewalk.
Police told Reuters: “The suspect is being detained by the police and the case is being fully investigated.
Photos posted online by The Sun show the woman sitting on the sidewalk trying to fend off her husband’s attack, then lying down on the pavement while the attack continues.
“He doesn’t have a machine gun,” wrote an online commentator. “Why hasn’t anyone stepped forward to control him?”
The incident has sparked widespread outrage over China’s comfortable attitude towards domestic violence.
The Asian nation enacted a law in 2015 that made domestic violence illegal, but critics say the law is largely ignored. At the time, the All-China Women’s Federation estimated one out of every four Chinese women experienced domestic violence in their marriages.
In 2017, China enacted a “Good Samaritan” law that removed civil liability for individuals interfering with domestic violence attacks.