Indeed, nobody intervened as Lin Yao Li, 38, was kicked in the groin and bre.asts as she writhed screaming in agony on the pavement.
The reason, onlookers said, was that it was an ‘argument of the heart’ – she didn’t deserve help because had slept with another woman’s husband.
It is only the latest in a number of similar incidents in which it seems there is placid acceptance in Chinese society of such humiliation, as long as the victim is seen as deserving in having caused a man to cheat on his partner.
On this occasion, Li, 38, was ambushed by four women as she walked home from the shops in the city of Puyang in eastern China’s Henan Province.
Punching and kicking her to the ground while she writhed in agony, her attackers then ripped her clothes off and continued the beating, pulling her hair and kicking her in the bre.asts and groin