Police said Wednesday that a visually impaired high school girl suffered injuries on Monday after she was kicked from behind while walking along yellow Braille blocks near JR Kawagoe Station in Saitama Prefecture.
According to police, the girl was on her way to school just before 8 a.m. when the incident happened, Fuji TV reported. The girl told police she had exited the station and was walking to the bus stop to catch a bus to Hanawa Hokiichi Gakuen, a school for the blind and visually impaired. She said that someone in front of her hit her white walking stick. She said the person then kicked her right leg from behind, knocking her to the ground.
Police said the assailant apparently ran away without anyone seeing him and that they are looking at street surveillance camera footage to try and identify the man, Fuji reported.
Police said the girl's injuries will take about three weeks to heal. She told police she was frightened because she couldn't see what was happening and didn't know what to do.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the All-Japan Council of Visually Impaired, interviewed by NHK, said there have recently been many incidents of people bumping into visually impaired people as they walk on the yellow Braille blocks, hitting them and their white sticks with shopping bags. In some cases, bicycles are left parked on the blocks.© Japan Today