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For Deepa, the cause doesn’t matter – there’s no way of justifying what happened to her. I felt so alone.’ He would regularly rape her, she later clarifies, while their three children were in the same room.‘The things that my husband did to me…’ she pauses. In a post-civil war society that continues to place women on a lower tier to men, violence is taken for granted – thuds shaking partition walls; a scrape of skin and cloth against a concrete floor, sobs muffled with the palm of a hand.Volunteer in Sri Lanka with Plan My Gap Year, an award winning, international volunteer abroad organisation.PMGY provides safe, meaningful, affordable projects overseas with a wide range of volunteer projects in Sri Lanka including Childcare, Elephant Experience, English Teaching, Medical and Turtle Conservation opportunities.It happened every few months: With her daughter, Dilini, and her eldest son, Dilhara, running to keep pace behind her, she’d balance her youngest child on her hip, and walk quickly down the street to their new home; head down the whole way as the neighbours stood on their front steps and stared.
‘He didn’t want there to be a murder on his property.’ A new report released in October this year estimates that 60 per cent of women in Sri Lanka will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetimes.The PMGY team in Sri Lanka were incredible, from the coordinators to the tuk-tuk drivers! PMGY also offered plenty of once in a life time trips, which allow you to see a lot of the country during the weekends.Over the course of 12 years, Deepa got used to packing up her belongings into thin plastic carrier bags and moving house.It’s a common practice in Sri Lanka, Roshan says, for husbands to strip their wives before they beat them – so that the woman will be shamed into remaining silent throughout the assault.
The deep-seated cultural implications of being seen naked are enough to choke even the most desperate cry for help. I had nothing left of myself.’ WELCOME HOME Deepa lives in Colombo – a cosmopolitan coastal city of over six hundred thousand.
For some, the violence appears bound to the country’s increasing levels of male alcoholism – drinking-related issues are more than twice as common in Sri Lanka than across the rest of South Asia.