AS AN Indian-born devotee of computers and ultimate Frisbee, Dharun Ravi hardly seemed like the type to intimidate someone to the point of suicide. But in the days after his Rutgers University roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped from New York’s George Washington Bridge in September 2010, media coverage depicted the Ravi as the instigator of a particularly sadistic form of anti-gay bullying.
It quickly emerged that Ravi had set up a webcam that caught Clementi being intimate with another man, and had prompted other students to watch. One conclusion seemed easy to draw: Clementi took his own life out of humiliation at being observed and outed. This basic story line came to its logical conclusion Friday, when a New Jersey jury convicted Ravi, now 20, of invasion of privacy and of a hate crime called bias intimidation.