Video of a not-so-domestic incident of domestic violence in the streets of Chengdu has gone viral on the Chinese internet over the weekend.
A man was caught on camera beating his wife in front of their crying daughter on the sidewalk. Reportedly, the man believed that his wife had been cheating on him and none of the passersby who stopped to try and help were able to stop his rage.
As you might suspect, the man has become public enemy number one on Chinese social media, with thousands of netizens commenting in to condemn his actions.
“Right in front of his child’s eyes, this man is a monster,” one netizen commented.
“I’m happy to see that there were still so many people who tried to step in. I’m impressed by the people of Chengdu,” another commented.
“I’m not saying this man beating his wife is trash. I’m saying that every man who beats his wife is trash,” commented another Weibo user.
Watch the video below:
It is not yet known if the man will be caught and punished for his actions. On March 1st, China’s first-ever domestic violence law came into effect, which prohibits all forms of abuse in both married and cohabiting couples (though gay couples are not afforded the same protection). The law covers both psychological and physical abuse and allows victims to file for restraining orders against abusers. Police must also respond within 72 hours after a case is filed, and abusers must bear criminal responsibility if a crime is committed during the violence.
According to the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF), nearly 25% of Chinese women have been the victim of violence during marriage, though only 40,000 to 50,000 complaints are registered each year. A depressing study in 2013 found that 50% of Chinese men admit to abusing their partners.