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Public outrage after family sentenced to three years for killing young woman

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A Chinese court made a rare move to calm public outrage this week over a controversial murder case involving a young woman killed by her husband and in-laws.

(CNN)A Chinese court made a rare move to calm public outrage this week over a controversial murder case involving a young woman killed by her husband and in-laws.

The 22-year-old Chinese woman had only been married for six months when her husband and in-laws beat her to death, because she had been unable to conceive a child, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

Yucheng People's Court in Shandong heard the woman's husband and in-laws abused her, denied her food, and left her outside in freezing temperatures in winter as a form of punishment.

It carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Fang's husband and his parents were later sentenced to between two and three years in prison.

"This abusive man was given a light sentence because he was wearing the cloak of marriage," one user wrote.

Other comments voiced frustrations that the country's legal and social systems continued to fail vulnerable women; that infertility is more stigmatized in women than in men; and that the sentencing seemed to easily pardon violence toward women.

In a rare open challenge to China's murky, authoritarian legal system, some also pointed to lesser crimes that were punishable by much more severe sentences.

Several users cited the crime of owning or selling toy or replica guns -- which a teenager was famously sentenced to life imprisonment for in 2015.

On Tuesday, in the face of growing public outrage, the Yucheng People's Court reposted the April statement ordering the retrial.

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