Dharun Ravi, the roommate of Tyler Clementi who allegedly spied on him via web cam having a same-sex encounter in their dorm, has been indicted by a jury in Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Clementi committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge shortly after discovering that Ravi and fellow student Molly Wei had purportedly uploaded video of his encounter. Over the past few months, there has been much speculation about if and how Ravi and Wei could be held accountable for Clementi’s suicide in any way beyond initially “invading his privacy.”
The 15 count indictment (uploaded by the New York Post) charges Ravi with hate crime, intimidation, witness tampering and with the expected “invasion of privacy.”
Clementi’s suicide came during a rash of young gay suicides last fall, underscoring the urgency of Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Campaign” and making it go viral. Clementi’s parents have said via statements and their attorney that they don’t want their son’s tormentors to receive “harsh treatment,” but that they want answers and don’t want his death to be treated like a “college prank.”
As for the second suspect, according to the Wall Street Journal, “charges against Ms. Wei would not be presented to the grand jury ‘at this time.'”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 20, 2011