Hundreds of supporters walked on New Jersey's capital demanding “justice” for Dharun Ravi, the 20-year-old Plainsboro native because of his sexuality, according to published reports.
The focus of Monday's rally at Trenton's statehouse was to highlight what supporters called problems with the state's hate crime laws, the Associated Press reported. Ravi is scheduled to be sentenced on March 21.
“If this kid ends up in jail on Monday, my faith will be shaken in this country,” organizer Sandeep Sharma said, according to a report on northjersey.com.
“There was no hate crime, there was no bias, he was not homophobic,” Anil Kappa, a Ravi supporter, told News 12 NJ.
Kappa was one of many Indian Americans who feel a potential 10-year prison sentence does not fit the crime.
Many said at the statehouse that Ravi is a victim of “overzealous” prosecution, according to reports.
“He didn't get [a] fair trial,” Sabitha Ravi, his mother told reporters, according to CBS2 News. “He was found guilty for the victim’s state of mind and that allows, in my opinion, a jury to bring in their own biases and their own beliefs,” attorney Poonam Buchar added.
Ravi is scheduled to be sentenced on May 21 after a , including bias intimidation, and invasion of privacy.
Reuters reported Middlesex County prosecutors say the native of India has shown no remorse for his actions and is deserving of prison time for having spied on Clementi and his lover with a webcam and inviting others to watch.
Clementi days after Ravi attempted to hold a “viewing party” of him and a man, identified only as M.B., have sex.
Clementi's death in September of 2010 on gay bullying and .
Ravi's lawyers are requesting probation and have asked Judge Glenn Berman for the verdict to be overturned or a new trial altogether.