A shocking video has gone viral on Chinese social media showing a woman being slapped and stuffed inside the trunk of a car by a man in Hebei yesterday, with no one stepping forward to help her.
According to The Beijing Times on Weibo, the man believed that the woman had cheated on him. The incident occurred at a gas station. While witnesses did record the incident and yelled at the man “don’t hit her,” no one tried to stop the man from driving off after he slammed the trunk closed on the woman’s hands. After he had driven away, no one had a clue about what happened to the woman.
The Vice Director and Propaganda Director from the Public Security Bureau of Hebei province announced on Weibo that police took immediate action and later discovered the woman in Cangzhou. She claimed that the man was her husband. Bearing no physical wounds, she refused to report a crime to the police and instead said she wished to mend their relationship.
Netizens online aren’t so forgiving. Most web users say they are revolted by the incident, and shocked by how women are treated in China.
“Looks like women are shown no respect in China. That man was slapping her very hard. Even if she was his wife, he has no right to treat her that way,” one netizen commented.
“How come they have time to shoot this video, but no time to stop what’s happening or call the police? Whoever filmed this really disgusts me,” another netizen commented.
“That’s horrible! Shouldn’t people stand up and protect her?” another wondered.
Watch the video below:
In April, a surveillance video went viral showing a woman being attacked and nearly kidnapped inside a Beijing hotel while multiple passersby noticed and did nothing. With bystanders obviously reluctant to help in China, the incident spawned a series of videos starring women standing up for themselves in public places:
Of course, in the real world, that’s not always an option. Fortunately, China does now have a domestic violence law, it finally went into effect in March.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via Weibo // Video via Youku]