THE WORST OF TIMES
Verdict of shame
On trial: Dharun Ravi, with his mother Sabitha Ravi
Some hated Dharun Ravi, some
had sympathy for a young man’s
tragically wrong. But when he
went on trial after his prank led
to his roommate at Rutgers,
committing suicide, what stood
out the most and shamed the
most was his unwillingness to
apologize for what he had done.
He was found guilty of using a
webcam to watch Clementi with
another man in September
2010. Clementi committed suicide, after
learning of it. He was also found
guilty of invasion of
privacy and witness and
evidence tampering. He was
sentenced to 30 days in jail plus
300 hours of community service, counseling and a $10,000
fine toward a
program to help hate-crime victims.
Yet his apology came only after
the judge flayed him for not
apologizing: ‘I heard this jury
say guilty 288 times: 24 ques-
tions, 12 jurors, that’s the multi-
plication. And I haven’t heard
you apologize once.’
And it came — grudgingly at
best — through his lawyer.
Whether this was a reflection
of who Dharun is, his upbringing
or how society treats
differences, we will never know.
But it was, without a doubt, a
shameful low for the community.
The wronged: Tyler Clementi’s parents
Many voices: The case evoked strong pro- and anti-reactions