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US student webcam spy gets 30 days jail

2012-05-21 22:39

New York - An Indian immigrant college student convicted of illegally filming his gay room mate on a webcam received a big break on Monday when a judge sentenced him to just 30 days behind bars, not the possible 10 years.

Dharun Ravi, who shared the webcam footage with friends in his dormitory at Rutgers University in New Jersey, had also faced possible deportation, but the judge said he would not recommend this.

The case sparked a national debate over cyber bullying when the room mate, apparently distraught in part over the embarrassment of the broadcasting of his gay sexual encounter, committed suicide days later.

Comments
  • oddearring - 2012-05-22 06:33

    30 days? This man should have got the max.

      Grant - 2012-05-22 11:05

      A whole 30 days for a video clip, this should have been a no case!! He did not have anything to do with the suicide, Dharun was the one bullied, how would you feel if you were a immigrant (not really fitting in), and your room mate says I want you out of the room, because I want some private time. Dharun said he put the webcam up so to make sure his stuff was not being stolen (how would you feel if you were in his shoes??) then he sees this, and now he battles to sleep, not sure when his room mate might try and rape him. I would have hated to be in his shoes, and what to do with this knowledge and fear. It was Dharun that was bullied!!!

      Manesh Supal - 2012-05-22 17:03

      oddearing? u in this century or what?

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-05-22 07:39

    Your actions is responsible for somebody's death. - 'Murder'??

  • Carla - 2012-05-22 07:39

    The guy committed suicide because of this and he only gets 30 days????? Yeah, that'll set an example.

  • Majoro Dexter Matasa - 2012-05-22 07:45

    30 days only!!!

  • joeyaefrank - 2012-05-22 07:50

    OK THE KID WAS BI POLAR MANIC ~ THE KID ONLY PUT A VIDEO CAM HE SHOULDNT LOSE HIS LIFE CAUSE THE KID COULDNT DEAL !

  • Preshen - 2012-05-22 08:33

    Papa wag vir hom

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-22 09:03

    This is sad. Another way the US shows it really doesn't give a f* about some minority groups' protection. This f*ng a** played a direct role in the death of that poor fairie! 30days in jail? Wow, I thought the SA judicial system was bad!

      Grant - 2012-05-22 18:38

      You obviously cannot read as well as you can swear - I assume the immigrant indian would be part of the minority group, not the american dabbling in homosexual behaviour

  • Soulfant Duke Sanatra - 2012-05-22 09:09

    i think thers sumting missing here did he kill himself coz of the video or the fact dat da video potrayed him as wat he was

  • Manesh Supal - 2012-05-22 17:05

    thank you Grant!

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