He's a native son of India and the press has his back. On Friday, the guilty verdict of former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi on invasion of privacy and hate crime charges flooded India's Twittersphere as users passed around links to U.S news sites. The country's largest newspapers have taken longer to catch up to the news but as they do, there's a note of skepticism about Ravi's responsibility for roommate Tyler Clementi's suicide and concern about the harsh punishment he may face. (Ravi now faces as much as 10 years in prison and possible deportation).
Today, The Hindustan Times and The Times of India, the largest circulation English-language newspaper, ran identical stories rounding up all the doubters of the case in the U.S. under the headline "Voices rise against 'unfair' verdict in Dharun Ravi's case." It included commentary from Sunil Adam, editor of The Indian American, who said Ravi "has been turned into the proverbial sacrificial lamb for society's collective guilt about its own bias intimidation against homosexuals." It also included a view from Bill Dobbs, a gay activist and civil libertarian who said "This is well beyond looking for justice and into the realm of vengeance." He added "As hate crimes prosecution mount, the flaws of such laws become apparent."