Indian-Origin woman attacked for not wearing mask: A 55-year-old Indian-origin woman was reportedly beaten up by a man in Singapore for not wearing her mask in public. He allegedly abused her with racist slurs.
The victim, identified as Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, who is a private tutor, was out for a casual morning walk along Choa Chu Kang Drive on Friday morning with her mask pulled down her chin. The accused approached her and initially asked her to pull up the mask, her daughter, Parveen Kaur reported to an Asian News Channel.
Kaur said, “She (her mother, the victim) explained that she was brisk walking but he didn’t care. He hurled vulgarities and racial slurs at her. My mum responded with a ‘God bless you’ and the guy kicked her in the chest. My mum landed on her back and hurt herself”
The woman was left in a vulnerable condition as she was bleeding and trembling from the violence she faced. However, the man managed to escape the spot and still now is now a run. Kaur said that her mother is now “afraid of taking a walk in her own country”.
The police reported that a case has been filed against the attacker and investigations are under process.
Singapore: Wearing Mask While Exercising Isn’t Compulsory
Although Singapore’s health ministry guidelines require all people in the island nation aged six and above are required to wear masks as part of the safety measures against COVID-19 when outside their homes, they are allowed to remove their mask while engaging in outdoor or strenuous exercise, including brisk walking or walking up hilly terrain. However, they must put it back after they are done with their strenuous activity.
Although the accused has fled, the police are investigating the case and are on a hunt.