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Li Yan suffered from domestic abuse for two years before she killed her husband, Tan Yong. The Sichuan court’s current ruling overturned the initial death sentence and acknowledges that Li had been a victim of domestic abuse, marking a landmark case in women’s rights. Even though a concrete answer that answers the call for “justice” remains unattainable at the moment, we can agree on two things: Domestic violence is bad; murder is bad. But despite the almost universal agreement that murder is unlawful, Li’s landmark case may necessitate leniency in order for women’s voices to be heard loud and clear in China.
Contributed by Lucy Zhang