Husband shaves wife's head after 'finding suggestive text message'

·News Reporter
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A man has been arrested by police after he allegedly beat his wife and shaved off her hair after suspecting her of having an affair.

Discovering ambiguous messages on her phone, the man, identified by local police as Feng, allegedly forced his wife to admit having an affair while he filmed her, China's Youth Daily reported.

He is then accused of sharing the video on his WeChat account among his family and friends to shame her before the video spread further online.

In the video, the woman, identified as Han, can be seen clutching her face with large chunks of hair shaved from the top of her head.

The incident occurred in the Chinese city of Baoding, 150km southwest of Beijing, late on Sunday, with police notified hours later.

The woman hides her face with her hands after she had her head shaven.
The woman's hair was allegedly shaved off by her husband after he suspected her of having an affair. Source: Weibo

Prominent Chinese lawyer Zhou Zhaocheng said the man could face up to three years in prison over the incident.

The incident remains under investigation police say, with the Baoding Women's Federation also monitoring the matter.

The man's alleged actions prompted anger on Chinese social media site Weibo.

"This is really terrible. I feel sorry for her, looking at her," one person wrote.

Another said the alleged actions of the man were "completely irrational". 

Domestic violence a deep-rooted issue in China

According to the All-China Women's Federation, 25 per cent of all women in China have experienced domestic violence.

While authorities in China have moved to reduce domestic violence and better protect women, many suffer in silence long before ever reporting abuse, Shanghai based anti-domestic violence advocate Lin Shuang told CNA.

She said some men in China do not see abuse as immoral. 

Last year the death of 30-year-old social media star Lamu who was allegedly set on fire by her ex-husband sparked outrage across the country.

Her final moments were reportedly broadcast on Douyin, China's version of TikTok.

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