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International student Ravi found guilty in Rutgers webcam spying case

March 17, 2012 by app2usadvisor  
Filed under Crimes and safety

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Dharun Ravi, 20, a former Rutgers University undergraduate student accused of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate by use of a hidden webcam was found guilty Friday of all counts — including invasion of privacy and the more severe charges of bias intimidation — in a case that thrust cyberbullying into the national spotlight. According to CNN, his roommate, Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers, killed himself in September 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge and into the Hudson River after learning that Ravi had secretly spied on his sexual encounter with another man.

Some thoughts and words of advice based on the conviction:

Bullying: Bullying is a serious crime – Cyber Bullying is a serious crime most states are toughening their laws and enforcement. So after this example we strongly recommend againt indulging in activities with invade on others privacies – it is not a joke or prank, someone can die and the perpetrator can end up facing serious charges and jail time.

Invasion of privacy: Watchinng private lives of other people and making videos is a crime in most states.

Bias intimidation: Thre are laws in the US to protect against hate crimes (also known as bias crimes) motivated by enmity or hatred against a protected class. Although state laws vary, current statutes permit federal prosecution of hate crimes committed on the basis of a person’s protected characteristics of race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.

Deportation: Most criminal convictions for non US nationals carry a possibility of deportation.

Expulsion: Such activities can invite expulsion. Dharun Ravi is now a ‘former student’.

Partners in crime won’t help: Ravi’s ellow hallmate, Molly Wei testified against him to avoid charges. So think twice before collaborating for any type of crime. In the end you will be on your own.

Laws: There are laws to protect against bullying and this incidence has brought the problem of bullying to national attention. In November, 2010, an anti-bullying bill was passed on a 71-1 vote in the New Jersey Assembly and a 30-0 vote in the New Jersey Senate. No matter what may be your personal likes or dislikes, one must abide by laws of a country where one studies or lives.

Parent’s Response: Nothing can bring a dead person back. Tyler Clementi’s parents, Jane and Joseph Clementi, announced plans to start the Tyler Clementi Foundation. The foundation will focus on promoting awareness of bullying, particularly cyber-bullying. Clementi’s father Joe sent a message to young people, saying, “You’re going to meet a lot of people in your life. Some of these people you may not like. Just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean you have to work against them.”

Dharun Ravi shall be sentenced on May 21. app2us.com strongly condemns bullying in all forms and expresses its solidarity witht he victims of bullying. We encourage our readers to report suspected incidents of bullying and help promote tolerance on campus.

Sources: CNN, wikipedia

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