Bashed on bus by 120kg man
SHE asked for help, but no one stepped forward or even uttered a word.
Mr Kumar, 45, and his wife, Madam Jaya, 46, were on their way home when he was physically assaulted by a passenger on board SBS Transit bus service 12.
His wife tried asking other passengers for help but no one, including the bus driver, responded, they claimed.
The incident happened on Monday at about 9.30pm.
Mr Kumar, a security base controller, and Madam Jaya, a teacher, had just finished their dinner at White Sands Shopping Centre and boarded their usual bus to go home from the Pasir Ris bus interchange. The couple have been living in Pasir Ris for almost 20 years.
Madam Jaya took a seat near the driver and Mr Kumar had just boarded when another passenger hurriedly got on the bus.
Mr Kumar said: "He ran up the bus and started swearing. He also smelled strongly of alcohol."
The man, whom the couple describe as being in his late 40s, tall and big-sized, asked why Mr Kumar was staring at him.
Said Mr Kumar: "So I asked who he was swearing at. He said he was swearing at the bus driver. Then he started asking: 'Why, not happy is it?' I knew he was just looking for trouble."
Mr Kumar tried to ignore the man, who continued to provoke him by challenging him to alight at the next stop to fight.
The couple then threatened to call the police. At this, the man lunged towards Mr Kumar, who was standing next to the driver.
He punched Mr Kumar in the face, head and shoulders, and continued hitting him even when Mr Kumar fell.
Mr Kumar said: "I was so shocked, I couldn't take him on. He looked to be about 120kg and I'm only 60kg."
His wife got out of her seat to ask other passengers for help, but none responded, she said. Madam Jaya said there were about five people seated on the lower deck of the bus.
"They didn't react at all, it was like they were watching a movie. No one, not even the driver, tried to help. He just continued driving and didn't stop the bus," she said.
The whole episode lasted less than 10 minutes and the man got off at the next stop.
"The man alighted and walked away as if nothing had happened. It was only then that the bus driver made a call for help," said Mr Kumar.
The couple made a police report at the Pasir Ris Neighbourhood Police Centre. Mr Kumar said he also went for a check-up at Changi General Hospital and received six days' medical leave for his swollen cheek and forehead, and bruises on his neck.
He said: "If the bus driver had intervened, such things might not have happened."
His wife added: "They (the passengers) don't need to intervene physically. Even if they had shouted at the man to stop, or called the police, that would have helped."
The police confirmed that a report was lodged, and are looking into the matter.
Ms Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate communications at SBS Transit, said the bus captain tried to contact the Operations Control Centre after Mr Kumar requested assistance. But there was a problem with the connection and Mr Kumar alighted before assistance could be rendered.