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

    June 19, 2012
    WebProNews Staff

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.