Racism in US: Couple guilty of attacking Indians

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Racism in US: Couple guilty of attacking Indians
Sacramento, Mar 13: A federal court found a white couple guilty of launching a racially motivated attack on Indian immigrants .

56-year-old Joseph Silva and his 52-year-old wife Georgia have been convicted for attacking an Indian couple after screaming racial slurs at them.

Vishal Wadhwa and his wife were attacked on a Lake Tahoe beach in Jul 2007.

After hearing the racial comments, Mr Wadhwa was going to call the police, which is when the verbal abuse turned into a physically assault.

Receiving blows to his head several times, the Indian man sustained facial injuries as his facial bones were broken. He is still struggling with sensory and focus complications.

On Thursday, Mar 11, the jury found the Silvas guilty of interfering with Mr Wadhwa"s right to enjoy public facilities because of his race or national origin, say media reports.

Earlier, the couple had conceded to misdemeanor assault and battery in El Dorado County Superior Court.

The man was sentenced to one year imprisonment while his wife got six months' jail term.

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