“I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity.”
This was the judge who presided over the trial of Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was convicted in March with a bias crime (hate crime) for spying on his roommate, Tyler Clementi (in the pic), with a web cam while Clementi had gay sex. When Clementi discovered that he was being spied on and “outed” to other Rutgers students, he committed suicide.
Today, Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail and possible deportation. (His family immigrated from India.) Update: Ravi is also required to serve 300 hours of community service, attend a counseling program for cyberbullying, and service three years probation. The sentencing brings to an end to an incident that has had a coalescing affect on the national conversation about bullying.
The incident happened in August and September of 2010 when both young men were chosen as freshman year roommates at Rugters. After he learned that his roommate Clementi was gay, Dharun Ravi had been tweeting about Clementi‘s hookups and screening his sexual liaisons online over a web cam so his other friends at Rutgers could watch. (Ravi claimed he was just keeping an eye on his stuff while his roommate had guests.) Tyler Clementi was panicked to learn he was being watched, asked an RA to have his dorm room moved, and instead opted to take his own life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. After Clementi‘s death, Ravi tried to cover up the fact he had been spying and intimidating his roommate.
Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrested. He faced up to 10 years in prison, so 30 days seems quite soft.
What do you think about Dharun Ravi’s sentencing? Was he let off too easy or is it fair because he clearly didn’t intend for his roommate to take his own life? Let us know in the comments.