Man hurls racial abuses, kicks Indian-origin woman for not wearing mask in Singapore

The assault comes days after the same incident reportedly befell on 2 May, when a person got caught on camera accusing the family of Indian expatriates of spreading Covid-19.


During a possible incident of hate crime, a person hurled racial slurs and kicked a 55-year-old Indian-origin woman in Singapore for not wearing a mask while she was brisk walking.

Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, a non-public teacher, was brisk walking on Friday morning when a person reached her and asked her to drag her mask up from her chin, her daughter Parveen Kaur was quoted as saying by the Channel News Asia on Monday.

Nita was walking along Choa Chu Kang Drive when the person came up to her near a stop outward Northvale condominium, in line with the Channel report.

“She explained she was brisk walking, but he didn’t care. He hurled vulgarities and racial slurs at her,” Kaur said in an exceedingly widely circulated Instagram post.

“My mum responded with a ‘God bless you and also the guy kicked her within the chest. My mum landed on her back and hurt herself”, she said.

The man, whose identity is not yet known, ran away. While the lady was left shaken and bleeding.

Kaur said her mother briskly walks to figure as a variety of daily exercise, but the incident has left her “afraid of taking a go into her own country”.

A report has been lodged, and investigations are underway, police said.

According to Singapore’s health ministry guidelines, all people within the island nation aged six and above are required to wear masks as a part of the security measures against COVID-19 when outside their homes. They will remove their mask while engaging in outdoor or strenuous exercise, including brisk walking or walking up hilly terrain, but must put it back on after exercising.

Those walking at a standard pace are required to wear a mask.

The attack on Nita came days after the same incident reportedly passed at the Pasir Ris area on May 2, when a person was caught on camera shouting at a family of Indian expatriates and accusing them of spreading Covid-19.

The online video shows that the person, believed to be a Singaporean, used derogatory terms against the family of 4 and asked them to “go back” and said they were “spreading the virus here”, the Straits Times newspaper reported.

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