I don't think I'd have the courage or stamina to fight back.
Now stable in hospital, the 56 year-old woman sustained multiple bites and fractures during the half-hour battle. Doctors were surprised she survived.
These magnificent creatures are under threat from humans in many ways. The northern state of Uttarakhand is the biggest source for leopard parts, while Delhi is the hub of illegal trade.
This is despite the fact that leopards are a protected species in India and all international commercial trade in their body parts is banned.
Wildlife experts say there are no reliable population figures of these big cats in India, but according to rough estimates, there are about 10,000 leopards in the country.
Hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett wrote about his exploits in Rudraprayag in the 1920s, when he tracked down an elderly male leopard which terrorised locals for years and was reputed to have killed more than 125 people.
As the wild environment is increasingly encroached upon by humans, we leave the animals with no choice but to defend their territory. My sympathy is split between the people who need somewhere to live and the large felines whose habitat is threatened.