Li recovers in hospital after losing her left eye in the attack. (Internet photo)
A woman from southern China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has had an eye gouged out by her husband after he discovered that she had begun a new relationship and wanted a divorce, reports the local Nanguo Morning News.
The 39-year-old woman from Yulin city in Guangxi, surnamed Li, met her second husband, surnamed Long, over the internet in November last year after the end of her first marriage. She at first thought he was her true love as they had much in common and the man, from south-central China's Hunan province, did whatever she asked.
However, after dating for three months the man changed and asked Li to help pay half of the 150,000-yuan (US$24,700) debt that his family owed for their pig business. Li refused and Long stripped her naked and beat her. She tried to leave him but Long hid her ID card and threatened to harm her family if she did so.
Li was later coerced into marrying him after weeks of intimidation. Long continued to beat her and hid their marriage certificate. On one occasion Long was cautioned by local police after he attacked his wife in public near the train station in the regional capital Guilin.
After months of abuse, Li returned to Yulin alone at the end of September. She later met a new boyfriend through a friend. On Dec. 13, Long showed up at her rented house unexpectedly and attacked her boyfriend. Li tried to block Long but he started to beat her and then gouge outd her left eye with his hand. Following the attack, Long sent her to a hospital and called the police to turn himself in. He has been in police custody since Tuesday.
Li has lost her eye as a result of the attack. She said she was scared of her husband but could not do anything because he had hidden all of her identification documents, adding she hopes women's rights groups or legal institutions can offer her assistance.