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  • Two years ago, a young foolish student of Indian origin used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate in Rutger's University. He tweeted about it to his friends. The gay friend was embarrassed and humiliated and felt compelled to take his own life
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    This was definitely not a hate crime, the way the jury made it out to be. Ravi didn't push or suggest that his roommate should jump off a bridge. You could say that it was a crime driven by technology but not by hate.

    Ravi Dharun invaded someone else's privacy and for that he definitely should be punished but 10 years for being stupid enough to spy on someone using a webcam is too harsh a sentence.

    Destroying Ravi's life will not make things even.

    And how do we know what the real reason was behind Clementi's suicide?What was life like for him in his hometown, among his family members? in his church? during his schooldays? Was he always ostracized for being different from the rest?

    Blogger Emil Guillermo says that 'Destroying Ravi's life will neither even the score for Clementi's suicide, nor end the homophobia we all want to see end. Somehow, serious prison time and especially deportation seem counter-productive. Surely, there's a kinder, gentler conclusion and a better example to set for society, but only if the justice meted out comes with a little mercy and compassion.'

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