Significant increase in domestic violence reported

A significant increase has been reported in domestic violence in Sri Lanka.

Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Ajith Rohana said most incidents have been reported from the Central Hills and surrounding estate areas.

He said the body of a woman that was found floating in the Upper Kotmale Reservoir on Friday (25) has been discovered to be a result of murder.

Investigations conducted by the Thalawakele Police have revealed that the victim was a 28-year-old resident of Agarapathana.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the woman had been murdered after being attacked by her 30-year-old husband.

He had later transported her body in a van and had dumped it in the Upper Kotmale Reservoir.

Investigations by the Agarapathana Police have uncovered that the man had killed the woman over a long-standing family dispute.

The Police Spokesman said the postmortem examination was conducted yesterday (29), while the magisterial inquiry will be conducted by the Nuwara Eliya Magistrate.

DIG Rohana said there is a significant increase in domestic violence leading to murder.

He said there have been multiple reports over the last few months of couples fighting, resulting in either the man or woman being killed.

DIG Rohana urged those facing domestic violence and couples with issues to reach out to the Child and Women Bureau of the Police Department, in order to prevent deaths. (Colombo Gazette)