Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail

By: Mike Fossum - May 21, 2012

Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi, 20, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, along with 3 years probation, for his use of a webcam in spying on his former roommate, which resulted in his suicide. Ravi was found guilty in March on 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, and was also sentenced to 300 hours of community service, and must contribute $10,000 towards a program to help victims of bias crimes. Judge Glenn Berman also ordered Ravi to enter into counseling.

Ravi’s former roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped off the George Washington Bridge in New York City in September 2010, after realizing a sexual encounter he had had with another male was secretly recorded by Ravi, who then wrote about it on his Twitter account. The case became relevant to the national debate on bullying. After realizing that Ravi had been showing people the recording, Clementi posted a status update on Facebook reading, “Jumping off the gw bridge, sorry.”

Ravi had faced up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to India, where he is still a citizen though Berman recommended forgoing a deportation. Joseph Clementi, Tyler’s father, stated, “We are seeking justice and accountability, not revenge, and with that accountability comes consequences – Justice is a difficult thing to define, yet when we get it, we know it.” Clementi’s mother added, referring to Ravi, “He never really knew Tyler – Not the smart, kind, articulate, humble, funny, generous person Tyler was. All he found out was that Tyler was gay.” From the Clementi’s point of view, little justice has yet to be defined. Ravi’s mother chimed in, “Dharun’s dreams are shattered and he has been living in hell for the past 20 months.”

Ravi’s lawyers called the case a miscarriage of justice and wanted an acquittal or a retrial, but Berman wasn’t having it, stating, “I’m not going to say here that he had a perfect trial – But I’m convinced without any question, he got a fair one.”

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    I think it’s ridiculous!! this guy didn’t push his room mate off the bridge. Perhaps he should have, then he’d gave them a good reason to put him in jail. What normal human being doesn’t pull pranks on others. Nobody can help if that other guy was so weak? Not like his reputation was soo ruined since he was already admittedly gay? Although I agree they (gays)should be given equal opportunity to work and live how they do CHOOSE,I think this excessive gay pampering is getting out of line. The man choose to jump off the bridge, nobody pushed him. Another case of the government “BANKING” off of a opportunistic situation.


      What is rediculace is he only got 30 days in Jail! His actions led to another’s death, that is negligent homicide! I am sure had the victim been your child otr loved one you would feel differntly!