This scandal has been pretty much everywhere on the Chinese internet this week, and China Hush took the liberty of translating the story into English. It goes something like this: Man gets suspicious of wife, ties up wife, and cuts the word “degrading” (other translations could be “low” or “cheap”) into her face to make her less attractive to other men. Worse of all? He says it was “her own choice.” From China Hush:
During the investigation , Wei Shengxiong [the husband] emphasized “This is the result of her choice”. What was the “choice” he referred to?
“On March 30, at noon, during the argument, Wei Shengxiong gave Xiaowei four choices.” The police in charge of this case told the reporter, those so-called “choices” were: 1. Xiaowei gets a vasectomy and stays home to take care of the children instead of going out for work; 2. Xiaowei’s lover gives 1 million RMB to Wei Shengxiong; 3. Xiaowei, her lover and Wei Shengxiong goes to court to solve this problem; 4. Wei Shengxiong is to disfigure Xiaowei and break her leg. Wei Shengxiong kept emphasizing to the police that Xiaowei chose to be disfigured.
His paranoia had apparently begun in 2008, and at one point he even demanded a DNA test of one of their sons (which, unsurprisingly, proved the boy was his.) Things escalated until he gave her the above ultimatums. Finally, on March 30, he attacked her, tied her up, cut 下贱 (xiàjiàn) onto both cheeks and rubbed ash into the wounds, effectively making them tattoos.
The saddest part is what the wife says about the attack:
When we fought, he tied me up. I thought he just tied me up for the vasectomy but I had never thought that he would tattoo words on my face.