Dharun Ravi Sentenced; Is it Enough? [POLL]
Dharun Ravi was sentenced today for his crimes in the Tyler Clementi spycam case. I think he got off easy, though there are many angles to this story.
Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail after being found guilty of a bias crime for spying on his gay roommate’s romantic trysts with a webcam and talking about what he saw on Twitter.
Tyler Clementi later killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.
I know that young people do stupid things, but an 18-year-old should have enough common sense to know that it’s not okay to spy on your roommate’s sexual activities and broadcast those activities to the world. That’s especially true when we live in a world that is so generally intolerant of homosexuality.
What a person does in their bedroom should be a private matter. The fact that Ravi took it upon himself to publish those private actions, merely because his roommate is gay, is despicable. 30 days in jail just seems so ridiculous.
The judge explained that because of these circumstances, it’s unlikely Ravi will ever re-offend, and I suppose that’s true. It just seems that in this instance, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
Ravi will have to live with what he did for the rest of his life, but unfortunately, so will Tyler Clementi’s parents. Would a 30-day jail sentence be enough if someone shamed your child into suicide?
The prosecution intends to appeal the judge’s decision in pursuit of a longer sentence.
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