Ten days after she was attacked, Praveet Singh is still
clutching an icepack against her face. The swelling and bruises
are slowly healing, but the unseen injury is Singh feels she
can't go outside.
"I'll have to be careful about who's walking beside me or
coming behind me. We can't live like that."
However, she has forgiven those who failed to come to her aid
in the South Auckland attack.
"I think it's better to forgive and move forward. It's not
good for me and it's not good for them.
"I do hope these people realise what they did to me, and that
they might react a bit directly if something like this ever
Singh said her workplace had been sympathetic, but there had
"One woman messaged me on Facebook to say that I must have
had an intimate relationship with my attacker.
"People can think whatever they want to think, but those
people are missing the issue.
"Even if I was with the man who attacked me, that doesn't
warrant an attack. Even if I was in a relationship and it was
a personal problem, it's not okay.
"I want everyone to notice what has happened because there is
very little awareness about this issue. Obviously my
neighbours don't know how to react in these situations.
"It was one person against 15 people.
"They could have pinned him, yelled at him or scared him."