Story By: John Feng, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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The incident took place in her family home in Cangzhou, in North China’s Hebei Province, and was posted online by the 23-year-old surnamed Zhao on 27th November.
Ms Zhao, who is herself mother to a newborn, detailed the violent domestic in a post which has been widely shared and commented on.
She was feeding her child in her bedroom when she heard her parents – both 52 years old – quarrelling outside over firewood for their fireplace, she wrote.
The argument escalated and turned physical, with both mother and daughter locking themselves inside the bedroom.
Ms Zhao films on her mobile phone as her dad bursts through the bedroom door holding a hammer in his right hand.
Her phone is knocked out of her hand as the trio tussle and each tries to grab hold of the weapon, the video shows.
In the distressing footage, Ms Zhao’s father can be seen stomping on her mobile phone in an apparent attempt to break it, but the video keeps rolling.
The clip ends with her father apparently spitting at them as an infant is heard crying in the background.
In her post, the young mum revealed her parents have been married for 26 years, and similar violent scenes have become a constant theme.
She wrote: “I threatened to call the police to have him arrested, he said ‘go on!’
“He pushed me, but my mum stopped him, and we closed the door.
“I took my phone out and started recording as he came in holding a hammer.
“My mum and I both grabbed his arm, then he knocked my phone away and tried to break it in order to destroy the evidence.
“That’s what you see in the video.
“The police came and tried to mediate the situation by making him apologise, but he refused.
“Then they left. Nothing was solved.”
Ms Zhao said she had repeatedly asked her mum to get a divorce in the past, but she did not wish to.
She explained: “People will say she should just get a divorce, but it’s not that simple.
“We live in a village, and my grandad needs taking care of. If she leaves, who looks after him?
“I’m worried that one day he will kill her. What do I do?”
Cangzhou City police told local media they were still investigating Ms Zhao’s case, but no arrests have been made.
Ms Zhao said they will live temporarily with her husband, who works in another province.
China introduced its first ever domestic violence laws on 1st March 2016.
Among other functions, the law finally allowed victims of domestic violence to apply for restraining orders against their alleged aggressors.
However, Ms Zhao’s case shows why the law may not be practical for rural families.
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