In Langfang city, north China’s Hebei Province last Wednesday, a surveillance camera in a building’s elevator showed a man viciously beating and punching a woman non-stop for 30 seconds, after the victim asked the man to stop smoking.
The video triggered massive outrage on social media in China, especially when netizens found that the woman’s young child was standing just behind her, crying as her mother was assaulted. The victim said, “my kid was scared and he(the man) kept hitting me until the elevator went to the ninth floor. I have never seen such an inhuman thug before!”
The man fled the scene, and local police have appealed for help in finding the suspect. Many Chinese netizens strongly criticized the man’s savage act, and insisted that people should not smoke in public areas, especially in enclosed spaces like elevators.