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US webcam spy student Dharun Ravi jailed

An Indian student in the US who secretly filmed his gay roommate kissing another man has been sentenced to 30 days in prison.

20-year-old Dharun Ravi, an Indian citizen who has lived in New Jersey for most of his life, had posted the video of the encounter on Twitter and Facebook.

Days later, in September 2010, his roommate – 18-year-old Tyler Clementi – killed himself.

The subsequent trial made front-page headlines around the United States and even prompted comment from President Obama.

Ravi had been facing up to 10 years in prison.  

Apart from the 30-day sentence, Ravi was placed on three years probation, ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and pay $10,000 to a public organization that helps victims of hate crimes.

The court heard how Ravi – then a student at the prestigious Rutgers University – used a webcam in his dorm room to film Clementi kissing another man.  

Prosecutors said the video was viewed about a dozen times by fellow students.  

Clementi, they said, had viewed Ravi’s Twitter page 38 times in the two days before his death.

As he handed down sentence on Monday, Judge Glenn Berman said he had not heard Ravi apologise once, adding that Clementi’s own words – “wildly inappropriate” – best described his actions.

The judge added that he did not believe Ravi had acted out of hate for Clementi, but said he had been guilty of “colossal insensitivity”.

– UKAsian



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