Outcry as Chinese man beats his wife to death on the street while passersby stand there

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Outcry as Chinese man beats his wife to death on the street following an argument while passersby stand there without intervening

Chilling footage shows the man repeatedly bashing his wife with a rock in ChinaOnlookers including children were seen watching the attack without stepping inThe alleged assaulter was detained amid an ongoing investigation, police saidThe incident sparked national outrage and discussions about domestic violence

By Emilia Jiang For Mailonline

Published: 10:47 GMT, 2 November 2020 | Updated: 10:51 GMT, 2 November 2020

Footage of a man in China beating his wife to death on the street as horrified onlookers watched without intervening has sparked national outrage.

The assault erupted on Saturday when the couple got into an argument after they accidentally hit a pedestrian while driving an electric scooter in northern China's Shuozhou city, according to reports.

The alleged attacker has been detained by local police, who confirmed the woman's death in a statement. An investigation is ongoing. 

Footage of a man in China beating his wife to death on the street as horrified onlookers watched without intervening has sparked national outrage and discussions domestic violence

The violence broke out after the husband hit a pedestrian while carrying his wife on his electric bike on October 31, according to Xi'an Business , a state-owned regional newspaper

The violence broke out after the husband hit a pedestrian while carrying his wife on his electric bike on October 31, according to Xi'an Business, a state-owned regional newspaper.

The couple got into a heated argument before the man pushed his partner to the ground and started bashing her.

In the footage filmed by onlookers, the man is seen throwing a wooden stool at his wife and repeatedly beating her with a rock.

Horrified cyclists, motorists and pedestrians, including children, watched the street-side attack without stepping in.

Shuozhou police late confirmed the incident and said in a statement the woman was killed, adding that the attacker had been detained.

 'The suspect is in the custody of public security organs, and the case is being fully investigated,' the authorities said.

In the footage filmed by onlookers, the man in northern China's Shuozhou city is seen throwing a wooden stool at his wife and repeatedly beating her with a rock. He has been detained

Horrified cyclists, motorists and pedestrians, including children, watched the street-side attack without stepping in. The Saturday footage has sparked a national outcry in China

Pictures of the assault first appeared on social media and in domestic news outlets on Sunday and have been shared millions of times. Police officers are pictured arresting the attacker

Pictures of the assault first appeared on social media and in domestic news outlets on Sunday and have been shared millions of times. 

Media posts about the incident drew tens of thousands of comments, with most criticising the inaction of the bystanders and the lax attitude towards domestic violence in some sectors of Chinese society.

'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!' 

China only introduced a specific law criminalising domestic violence in 2015. Activists say violence within families is often ignored.

China only introduced a specific law criminalising domestic violence in 2015. Activists say violence within families is often ignored. In this file photo, Chinese commuters are seen wearing face masks while walking out from a subway station in Beijing on October 20

At the time the law was passed, the government-run All-China Women's Federation estimated that about one in four Chinese women experienced violence during their marriage. Authorities register some 40,000 to 50,000 complaints a year.

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.

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