Bil Browning

Dharun Ravi Released from Jail

Filed By Bil Browning | June 19, 2012 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Dharun Ravi, parent's responsibility, Ruters spycam, teen suicide, Tyler Clementi

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student held responsible for the death of Tyler Clementi has been Thumbnail image for ravi-found-guilty-.jpgreleased from jail after serving 20 days.

Dharun Ravi, 20, reported to the Middlesex County jail on May 31, though he could have remained free while his case is appealed.

A judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail -- far less than the 10-year prison sentence he could have given him. He still faces three years of probation, plus more than $11,000 in fines and assessments, 300 hours of community service, and counseling.

Like other county jail inmates, Ravi automatically was given five days off for good behavior and five for working. Jail officials say he has not done anything to have those credits taken away.

Federal immigration authorities said Monday that Ravi will not be deported to his native India. He lived there until he was 5 years old and remains a citizen, though he is in the United States legally.

It still irritates me to no length that Ravi was held responsible for Clementi's suicide. Taking your own life is a personal decision and while Ravi's actions were wrong, who's going to hold his parents to account? By all accounts, his parents were devoutly religious and Clementi's coming out didn't end well - his mother rejected him. While his parents have managed to produce a masterful PR campaign and they've railed on and on about Ravi, they refuse to talk about their own culpability in their son's death.

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