Spanish man jailed for 1 year for beating his wife while livestreaming on TikTok

Spanish man jailed for 1 year for beating his wife while livestreaming on TikTok

The woman has refused to press charges against her husband. (Represent)


A Spanish man who slapped his wife during a TikTok live stream today has been sentenced to a year in prison despite the victim refusing to file a complaint with police.

A court in the northern city of Soria found the man guilty of violence against women, barring him from getting close to his wife within 300 meters (1,000 feet) or contacting her for three years and buying weapons within that time. that time.

The quote comes from an incident during the TikTok “battle” – a real-time contest between streamers where the winner is decided by viewers – held between a woman and three men on the morning of January 28.

In images that went viral in Spain, the man was seen slapping his wife so hard in the face that she turned her head and burst into tears.

“The defendant publicly assaulted his wife in front of thousands of people, with the aim of undermining her physical integrity and humiliating her in public,” the court ruled.

The court added: “Victims do not need to complain in crimes of gender-based violence. These crimes should be punished once there is clear evidence that they have committed the crime.”

“The live broadcast of the slap is enough for the authorities to step in and protect the victim, regardless of whether she claims to be or not.”

The woman refused to press charges against her husband and refused to stand up against him during the trial.

But the court said police had been called to the couple’s home before because of “disputes between the accused and his wife”, which proves that “the abuse continued”.

Successive Spanish governments on both the right and the left have prioritized the fight against domestic violence.

Parliament in 2004 overwhelmingly passed Europe’s first legislation to specifically crack down on gender-based violence.

It established special courts and provided free legal aid to victims, and set up a hotline that didn’t appear on users’ phone bills.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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