Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tim wins re­prieve

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

A woman who was sen­tenced to death for killing her abu­sive hus­band re­ceived a two-year re­prieve sen­tence.

Li Yan, a 43-year-old from Sichuan prov­ince, was sen­tenced to death in 2011 for mur­der­ing her spouse Tan Yong.

Tan had phys­i­cally, sex­u­ally and ver­bally abused Li af­ter they got mar­ried in 2009, burning her with cig­a­rettes and cut­ting off one of her fin­gers.

Li killed her hus­band a year later with an air gun, cut up his body and boiled the body parts, me­dia re­ports said, per­haps in an ef­fort to dis­pose of them.

Her case, which high­lighted the plight of vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, aroused wide­spread dis­cus­sion on In­ter­net. Many women ac­tivists ap­pealed for a lighter sen­tence for her con­sid­er­ing the abuse she had suf­fered.

The high court in Sichuan prov­ince in South­west China or­dered the re­prieve Fri­day.

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