Dharun Ravi, the 20-year-old student who kicked off a tragic chain of events after filming his roommate’s personal interactions during a date, will not be deported to his native India after his release from prison.
Dharun Ravi was the roommate of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, who took his own life on September 22nd of 2010 in a plunge off the George Washington Bridge.
In the days leading up to Clementi’s suicide, the pair had increasingly acrimonious relations, culminating in a series of actions by Ravi that appeared to have been harassing to Clementi, even driving the young man to his death after Clementi learned of Ravi’s actions.
Dharun Ravi and friend Molly Wei were accused of livestreaming an intimate encounter between Clementi and a young man identified only as M.B. in court papers via a hidden webcam, without the consent or knowledge of either young man.
The first incident occurred on September 20th, and Ravi again attempted to stream events on September 21st, inviting his Twitter followers to view Clementi’s actions on Twitter.
Clementi subsequently viewed Dharun Ravi’s Twitter feed describing the incident dozens of times in the day leading up to his death, and petitioned the school for a single room due to the fact that Ravi had invaded his privacy.
Since the conclusion of a trial earlier this year, Ravi has been housed in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center. He will be freed today after serving 20 days, with 10 days off his sentence for good behavior. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials released a statement about Dharun Ravi’s status, saying:
“Based on a review of Mr. Ravi’s criminal record, ICE is not initiating removal proceedings at this time.”
The agency says Dharun Ravi’s citizenship will only be in danger if he commits future crimes.