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Dharun Ravi Serves 20 Days, Scheduled for Release: Twitter Reacts

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Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student who was convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy which lead to the suicide of Tyler Clementi, will be released from jail after serving only 20 days of his 30-day sentence. In accordance with state regulations, Ravi is being released because of his good behavior. Although the Indian-born Ravi, 20, won’t face deportation for his crimes, he must still turn in roughly 300 hours of community service.

“My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions,” Ravi said in a statement issued on May 30th. “I apologize to everyone affected by those choices.”

In 2010, Ravi used a webcam to spy on his roommate, Clementi, who was in a sexual relationship with another man at the time. Ravi made light of the situation on Twitter, encouraging others to watch them on video chat. Humiliated by the whole exchange, Clementi jumped off New York’s George Washington Bridge, taking his own life in the process. Beforehand, he had announced his decision to end his life on Facebook.

Upon leaving Middlesex County Jail, Ravi made no comment to the media.

Twitter users have taken to the site this morning to discuss Dharun’s early release. You can find a small collection of their thoughts and feelings on the subject below.

Dharun Ravi Serves 20 Days, Scheduled for Release: Twitter Reacts
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  • mary

    He shouldn’t have been sent to jail in the first place due to a muddled law. I hope the media gives him his space so that he can move on with his life. The media has created enough damage by perpetuating incorrect facts and people have come to faulty conclusions without knowing all the facts. It shows how human nature works. When people commit suicide, it is due to being depressed for some time. Tyler’s depression may have gone undetected by people close to him. This only shows that it is important to focus the discussion on creating more awareness about the signs and symptoms of depression, especially among high risk populations such as the gay and lesbian communities due to a multitude of issues they have to contend with- societal attitudes, discrimination etc. As we increase our awareness, perhaps we can avoid the tragic loss of lives due to untreated depression.