Chinese man run over by wife in family car divorces her after years of violent abuse
Husband says spouse stabbed him and smashed a beer bottle over his head in marriage marked by violence
A woman from eastern China who subjected her husband to more than 10 years of physical abuse was given a suspended prison sentence on Friday after being found guilty of driving over him in a car.
The judge also approved the long-suffering spouse’s divorce application, which he said he filed after realising he could no longer tolerate being the victim of his wife’s frequent rages, Jiangsu Television reported.
The latest assault happened earlier this year, and began with the couple, neither of whom were named, sitting in a car at traffic lights in their home city of Changzhou, Jiangsu province.
When a quarrel broke out, the husband decided he had had enough, so got out of the vehicle and walked away. His wife had other ideas, however, and rather than letting the matter go, decided instead to put her foot to the floor and drive directly at her husband.
Despite his best efforts to evade the oncoming sedan, the man was dragged under its wheels and badly injured, the report said.
In hospital he was diagnosed with multiple broken bones, widespread bruising and internal bleeding.
Sadly, such physical damage was nothing new for the husband, who was quoted as saying that almost every argument he had ever had with his wife ended in her becoming violent.
On one occasion, he almost lost his life after his irate partner stabbed him in the chest, while on another he lost a large amount of blood after she struck him across the head with a beer bottle, the report said.
Despite the severity of her attacks, the husband said he had always remained loyal to his wife, and although he applied for a divorce after the most recent incident, he also appealed to the court to be lenient in its ruling.
The woman was subsequently sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, the report said.
“I am a very traditional man,” the husband was quoted as saying.
“Conflict between a man and his wife is embarrassing, and it is better kept within the family, so I chose to tolerate [her violent outbursts].
“But my tolerance did not win peace, only more violence.”