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Mere Naleba
Monday, January 20, 2014

A FORMER Fiji resident now living in New Zealand is worried about her safety after being attacked in broad daylight near her Papatoetoe home last Thursday.

Praveet Singh, 40, who moved to New Zealand in 2003, had gone for a walk when she encountered her attacker on the street near her home.

The attack left Mrs Singh with fractured eye sockets, a broken nose and bruises.

The mother of two had reportedly tried to seek help from one of her neighbours but the man continued to wash his car while Mrs Singh was being assaulted.

The New Zealand Herald quoted a man who said he was reluctant to intervene as he had thought it was a domestic assault.

Another neighbour was also interviewed and he stated he was afraid that he might be charged with assault if he had been involved.

A 26-year-old man appeared in the Manukau District Court on Friday charged with one count of common assault and another of injuring with intent to injure.

In a post on Friday on a social networking site, Mrs Singh questioned the unity of Fiji-Indians living in the Papatoetoe area and said she will never be able to feel safe in her own home and street.

Mrs Singh posted that an intoxicated man punched and physically abused her "in front of more than 15 Fiji-Indians who stood and watched the entire ordeal like they were watching some show, while I screamed and yelled for help".

"The Violence Against Women Decree is very clear. If a woman is being attacked and there are people watching and hearing the attack as it is happening and do not report (it), they can be taken to court. That's what is going to happen here in Fiji based on that decree.

"The victim should be protected," said Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni in reaction to the incident.