Verdict reached in Dharun`s webcam suicide case

Last Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 08:43

New York: Jurors deciding the fate of India-
born Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who has been accused of
spying on his roommate`s intimate encounter with another man on Friday reached a verdict in the high-profile trial.

Ravi, 20, is accused of invading the privacy of his
Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi when he used a webcam to watch
Clementi kiss another man.

Ravi had then sent text messages to some of his other
friends inviting them to watch the sexual encounter.

Ravi faces 15 counts of invasion of privacy and bias
initimadation and could face 10 years in prison or possible
deportation to India if convicted.

The verdict is expected to be announced shortly after
jurors -- comprising five men and seven women aged
between 20 to 70 years - deliberated for a total of about 11
hours over the last three days.

The case has generated immense international interest as
it threw light on issues of cyber-bullying and treatment of
young gays and lesbians.

Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the bridge
linking New York City and New Jersey just days after the
alleged spying in September 2010.

After hearing testimony from over 30 witnesses over 12
days, the jury began its deliberations on Wednesday.

Ravi did not take the witness stand in his defence. The
jury has now deliberated for nearly 10 hours over two days.
The New Jersey court-room has been packed with a large
media contingent throughout the trial.

Reporters thronged the lobby of the courthouse as they
waited for a verdict from the jury. Members of families of
both Ravi and Clementi have been present in the court daily.

The prosecution has argued that Ravi was not comfortable
with having a gay roommate and his actions were "criminal."


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 22:17

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