Dharun Ravi could face 10 years in prison and be deported to his native India when he is sentenced Monday for spying on and intimidating his gay Rutgers University roommate, who then killed himself by jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge.
The September 2010 death of Tyler Clementi, and Ravi's trial earlier this year, thrust the issue of cyberbullying and prejudices against homosexuals into the national spotlight.
Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman, plunged to his death in the Hudson River after learning that Ravi had secretly spied on his sexual encounter with another man.
In the months that followed, President Barack Obama released a videotaped message condemning bullying, while New Jersey legislators enacted stricter laws to protect against it in schools.
Ravi, who was studying on a visa at the New Jersey university at the time of the incident, turned down a plea deal offered by Middlesex County prosecutors.
Under the terms of that offer, he would have avoided jail time in exchange for undergoing counseling, doing 600 hours of community service and disposing any information that could identify the man who appeared in the Web video with Clementi.
Prosecutors also offered to help him avoid deportation, though they said they could not guarantee it.
That set the stage for the trial, during which prosecutors argued that Ravi tried to embarrass Clementi because he was gay and that his actions were motivated by a desire to intimidate the Ridgewood, New Jersey, native expressly because of his sexual orientation.
...this conviction is as crazy as sending a woman to jail for shooting a wall for 20 years...where are these finding these backwards jurors and judges?
This guy should be put in the can for at least ten years!! In america we are tolerant. This is not Indian medieval culture. This is not IIT. This is Rutgers.
If you don't like it in America go back to India. remember, it is a privilege to be in USA.
Dogma, causes such ignorance. Does any one study at all about hormones brain development, chemistry and family relationships, ie. identification with other humans? I guess not, we all just take what we are feed and run with our self rightiouness'es, projecting it onto everyone else. 'If you have no "sin" throw the first stone.'
What bothers me about this is C N N describing it as “spying.” It was a shared common living space, and there’s nothing wrong with surveilling your own living space. It’s called a security camera. Notice they passed a law AFTERWARDS, so it wasn’t illegal at the time. The only reason this has media traction is because the supposed “victim” was a h0m0 sechshual.
Sending him to jail will be a waste of tax payer money. Just deport him back to India, that will be punishment enough and let's move on.
No.He needs to face American justice. Indians need to understand one thing...when they come to America they follow American rules, laws and values NOT hindu bigotted culture.
If this the quality of educated class in India...they should stay back in india. We don't want them here.
It is indeed unfortunate when our society looks upon the type of behavior displayed by Ravi as a prank. The judge evidently doesn't realize the ramifications of handing down such a soft penalty for this sick act.
DEPORT, DEPORT, DEPORT! HE CAUSED AN AMERICANS DEATH!!, DEPORT!!!
Another Indian gift to American society. Send these clowns back to their medieval culture
These Indians are killing Americans in America and then expect to be treaded gently. What gives?
Shame on Indians. Send them back to the slums in india
It was stupid and got out of hand. Still doesn't justify the vitriol being poured on "these Indians" in this forum.
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