Warning: This article contains descriptions of domestic violence.
A Bangladeshi man appeared to kill his wife on a Facebook live stream and begged for his video to go viral so that it would get the attention of the country’s prime minister. The man also posed on camera with his toddler daughter.
The victim has been identified by local media as Tahmina Akhter, and her alleged killer has been identified as Obaidul Haque Tutul of Feni, Bangladesh.
Tutul turned himself in to law enforcement after allegedly killing the woman with a machete, the Dhaka Tribune reports. Tutul has been arrested, and his cell phone was seized.
The video starts with Tutul grumbling and asking for “forgiveness,” claiming his whole family was “destroyed” and that he is killing the person behind the “destruction.” He speaks in Bengali.
He asks his viewers to take care of his siblings and his daughters and claims his family had nothing to do with the killing.
Tutul then begs viewers to make his video go “viral” and bring it to the attention of the country’s prime minister. He doesn’t explain why.
He then holds his phone on the side and is heard hitting something with a lot of force.
Back onscreen, he blames the victim for “blackmailing” his family and says, “From today, she won’t be a problem.” He is also seen carrying a toddler who he identifies as his daughter and says she “endured a lot of torture.”
Later in the video, a woman’s body is seen lying in a pool of blood on the floor.
The original video was removed from Facebook by Wednesday afternoon. But at least one Facebook profile reshared the video as of publishing time. Another version of the video was removed as this report was being written.
According to BBC Bangla, some people shared the video and said they downloaded it before they got deleted. This is not uncommon; previously, following live streamed or documented murders, platforms like Instagram and Facebook have scrambled to contain the content from being spread.
In an email to the Daily Dot, Facebook condemned the video.
“We are deeply saddened by this murder and our thoughts are with the victim and her family. We’ve removed the video from our platform and have taken steps to keep people from sharing it,” a spokesperson said.
Facebook temporarily blocked people from creating usernames similar to Tutul’s. The original video has also been marked with a digital fingerprint that would lead videos with similar visual content to be identified and removed.
As of 2016, more than 50% of married Bangladeshi women were reported to have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence at least once in their lives. In recent months, cases of domestic violence have surged while people are stuck at home with their abusers under coronavirus-related lockdowns.