Webcam Spying case: Indo-US student Dharun Ravi gets 30-day terms
Giving a 'lighter' punishment as against expected, a US court on Monday sentenced an Indo-American student Dharun Ravi a 30-day jail term for secretly shooting his classmate's intimate acts with another man, who committed suicide last September after getting acknowledged about his secret shooting.
Sentencing to former Rutgers New Jersey State University student on bias intimidation and invasion of privacy charges, Middlesex County Judge Glenn Berman Monday directed Ravi to not to be deported to India.
"Down the road you can expunge this judgement," Berman said. "You cannot expunge the conduct or the pain you caused," he said.
Ravi's roommate at Rutgers New Jersey State University, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, several days after Ravi set up his webcam and watched live-streamed images of Clementi kissing another man.
The Court's sentence will come into the effect from May 31.
Moreover, court has sentenced to do 300 hours of community service and pay 10,000 dollars to assist bias-crime victims.
According to law experts, the punishment is lighter as he may face a maximum imprisonment of ten years and can be deported to India, but as the judge ruled out that it did not reach the level of hate crime, he got lighter punishment.
Dharun Ravi, 20 was found guilty of 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, "bias intimidation," and obstructing justice after police began investigating.
Judge Glenn Berman opted for a middle-ground sentence, issuing what he said were serious punishments for serious crimes, but stopping short of a lengthy prison term.
According to The Christian Science Monitor, the reason behind relatively light 30-day jail time was that the judge made a point of noting that Ravi's actions were not violent and that neither he nor the prosecution was using the term 'hate crime' to describe them.
--With Agencies Inputs--
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