By Indo Asian News Service
New York, Aug 27 (IANS) An Indian American boy in New Jersey, who made his own family the target of hate crime, has been formally charged.
The 17-year-old has been charged along with nine of his friends who acted as his accomplices when he terrorised his family with anti-Hindu/Indian graffiti and letters, media reports said.
In May, the Wayne, Passaic County-based family had discovered graffiti spray-painted at the back of their two-storey house, front steps and rear patio with threats and profanities along with references to their Hindu faith and their Asian Indian decent.
The black, orange and neon green graffiti painted threats like 'We Kill U', 'We will fire your house', 'Watch Your Kids' and 'I Hate Indians' among others.
Prior to that, in January, they received a series of hate mails and found threats painted on their garage doors.
This month, the police, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) among others, launched an investigation and traced the messages to the own son through his computer.
According to the reports, the boy has confessed to the crime saying he did this to make his family move back to Clifton, also in Passaic County, from where the family had moved to their new home in November last year.
'They weren't physically hurting anyone, so they were looking at it like it was a victimless crime,' a report in northjersey.com quoted Lt. James Beatrice, head of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office's major crimes unit, as saying.
'They (the parents) are just shocked and disappointed,' Beatrice said. 'They were trying to give their kids what they didn't have, what every parent wants to do for their kids.'
The boy's father, a 42-year-old Indian American businessman, was born and brought up in Tanzania and moved to Passaic in the US when he was 17.
At the time of the crime, he had said on condition of anonymity that his three children – two boys and a daughter – were aware of the graffiti but he would not let them see it.
Wayne in Passaic County is a small township of around 54,000 people. It is a cosmopolitan community with a mix of African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Asians and Native Americans besides Whites. Indian Americans comprise just 2 percent of the population.
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