Written by Menusha Gunasekara
In early 2022, Angel (name changed), an aspiring Sri Lankan doctoral student pursuing studies in New Zealand, returned to Sri Lanka to support community protests against the former Sri Lankan President. While at home, she was stabbed by her ex-partner. She immediately succumbed to injuries and the ex-partner was arrested. Angel’s tragic death is not an isolated incident. In recent years, Sri Lanka has been experiencing an alarming increase in gender-based violence (GBV).