GEORGE TOWN - The Penang Hospital's compound was shrouded in sadness when a large crowd came together as one to offer prayers for 18-year-old assault victim T. Nhaveen.
Many, including family members and friends, could be seen fighting back tears as they chanted mantras during the 30-minute candlelight vigil.
Besides praying for Nhaveen's recovery, the group also dedicated the session to 19-year-old T. Previin, who is scheduled to undergo surgery for a fractured bone under his right eye today.
Both of them were attacked by a group of people with helmets in Bukit Gelugor on Sunday. Nhaveen is in coma at the hospital.
Nhaveen's uncle R. Thiyagarajan briefed the crowd on the teen's condition and asked everyone to include him in their prayers.
The vigil was organised by a non-governmental organisation called Malaysian Tamil Kular.