I watched part of the sentencing of Dharun Ravi who was convicted of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate, who then killed himself by jumping off New York’s George Washington Bridge. Ravi was also convicted of various other charges encompassing trying to cover up his crime and avoiding repercussions. See my earlier blog for my thoughts on the trial.
Unfortunately, I missed the hearing the Clementi statements. I joined the live broadcast when Dharun Ravi’s mother was speaking. “Dharun’s dreams have been shattered and he has been living in hell for the past twenty months…” she said. She also made various other statements about how Dharun has been victimized by the media and has suffered for it.
I can’t help but feel that Dharun being victimized by the media is karma. He victimized Tyler Clementi by using electronic media. Not once did she speak about Dharun feeling bad, guilty, remorseful, or even apologetic for what happened. She was more concerned about what happened to her son, not about what her son inflicted on another human being.
Ravi did not speak on his behalf. At the end, I was left with the feeling that he still truly believes that his actions were not criminal. I’m happy he got some jail time but am more pleased that the prosecutor is appealing for more jail time.