SHOCKING video footage has emerged which appears to show a man in China beating his wife to death as onlookers stand by and do nothing.
The sickening images have sparked outrage around the world and raised questions about the prevalence of domestic violence in the country.The footage shows a man beating a helpless woman with a wooden stoolCredit: Twitter
The brutal attack happened after the couple reportedly rowed when they accidentally hit a pedestrian while riding on a scooter in Shuozhou city.
In the footage, the man is seen "hitting his wife" with a wooden stool before then reportedly beating her with a rock.
The alleged attacker was quickly detained by local cops who later confirmed the woman had died of her injuries.
"The suspect is in the custody...and the case is being fully investigated," police said.
Pictures of the assault first appeared on social media and in domestic news outlets on Sunday and have since been shared millions of times.
In the footage, cyclists, motorists and pedestrians, including children, can be seen watching the attack but no one steps in to help the helpless victim.
Media posts about the incident drew tens of thousands of comments from across the world, with most criticising the inaction of the bystanders.The sickening images have sparked outrage around the worldCredit: Twitter
"He's not holding a machine gun, why did no one step forward to control him?" asked one commenter in a widely shared response.
Another viewer condemned: "[They] just watched it happened. What a bunch of cold-blooded and selfish people!"
One pointed out: "At least 4 people stand around as this man beats his wife. Many people looked on and filmed...yet nobody stopped him."
Another wrote: "This is utterly crazy. I feel so sorry for the victim. I wish I were there to stop the man."
China only introduced a specific law criminalising domestic violence in 2015 however activists say violence within families is often ignored.
At the time the law was passed, the government-run All-China Women's Federation estimated about one in four women experienced violence during their marriage.
The outrage sparked by the attack is reminiscent of a 2011 incident, also caught on video, when a toddler in the city of Foshan was struck by a vehicle twice and ignored by dozens of passersby.
Social media users pointed out that there is a widely held perception in China that someone who steps in to help could be liable for hospital costs, or ensnared in scams, discouraging people from intervening.
China in 2017 enacted 'Good Samaritan' legislation that aiming to tackle the issue by removing civil liability for those involved in helping victims of violence or accidents.