Some have started accusing me of reverse-bias. As many Indians are biased against the <st1:country-region><st1lace>US</st1lace></st1:country-region>, I have become too much biased in its favour. Bias is wrong, whether it is for or against. As journalists always say, I am now doing the balancing act, by presenting my take on the negatives. A woman of <st1:address><st1:Street>Federal Way</st1:Street>, <st1:City>Seattle</st1:City></st1:address>, Chronice Y Kabbelliyaa, 34, punished her foster daughter by jabbing hypodermic needles in to her eyes, smashing her feet with 10 pound weights,. She beat the girl with an umbrella for handing her a mismatched pair of flip-flops. She burnt her tongue with heated forks. And she is a licensed foster care worker. She has pleaded guilty to all the charges. As I was reading this news I was shaking in anger. I could not even talk properly for a while. I know about the step-motherly treatment. Of course you can’t be showering love on your foster children; but I cant dream of any Indian woman jabbing a needle into a child’s eyes, even if the child was just a street-urchin. Well, I hear people saying that she is suffering from a psychiatric illness. And that cloak of mental illness can be worn by anyone. The student who killed a professor and a lot of his fellow students. Or by a Police Office in <st1:State><st1lace>Wisconsin</st1lace></st1:State> who killed 6 students at point-blank range. Counselling as a profession has developed to the highest standards here in the <st1:country-region><st1lace>US</st1lace></st1:country-region>. You get counsel for everything under the sun – from sex-positions to career options to gift ideas. A 39 year old woman counsellor has been charged of having sexual relationship with a 17 year old boy, a juvenile delinquent, entrusted to her care. She admitted that she was sexually attracted to him. She abused his position to force the boy to have sex with her. Ok, I can hear you talking about similar cases in our country. All said done these are instances of mental disease and should not be considered for this study. Agreed. Tell me what do you think of this. An American soldier raped an Iraqi civilian woman and killed her. I do not want to count this against the <st1:country-region><st1lace>US</st1lace></st1:country-region> because they say that there is a fair system of criminal justice. Well this soldier was brought to trial before a court martial. He was sentenced to 7 months imprisonment in the army barracks. Now my question is if the same soldier had raped an American citizen here in the American soil, what would have been the punishment. Death penalty where the States have that or imprisonment for life. (it could be even 75 years because there is both a rape and a murder) Does it mean, then, that the modesty of an Iraqui woman is less than that of an American woman? Or does it say that an American woman has a lot more chastity than her Iraqui counterpart? I hate the judge who gave this sentence more than the soldier who committed the crime. And now let’s see what a dentist did. He was performing a minor surgical procedure on his lady assistant. When the patient was under anaesthesia he got fake boar tusks and placed them on the either side of the woman. Then he took pictures with his digital camera. He showed that funny pictures to his friends whom he met in a party that night. All the great professionals had a good laugh at the expense of the poor girl. The girl came to know of it and filed a case for damages. The Court awarded her $250,000 (Rs. 1 crore) as damages. The Doctor filed a claim against his professional malpractice insurance. The insurance company denied the liability as the Doctor was simply playing a game and was not discharging professional duty, when he put the boar tusk on the lady. Now the Doctor filed a case against the insurance company and won $750,000 - Rs. 3 crores – in damages. He also got back the money he paid to his assistant as well as the attorneys fees. Insurance is just a risk-pool. The nasty game played by the Doctor is going to increase the medical insurance costs of single mothers, working women, suffering families by a sizable amount. While I am not here to dispute the legal issue, I can almost touch evil, present in its ugliest form. This case is worse. Kitty and Shawn Sonnenschein, <st1:City><st1lace>Portland</st1lace></st1:City>, found that many guests for their wedding gifted Home Depot (a large supermarket chain for home items, furnitures and tools) gift cards. But after the wedding, they found only 3 gift cards left. They did not want to ask their friends what did they gift for their wedding. But when many of their friends started asking them what did they do with the card they gifted, the couple got suspicious. Somebody had stolen most of the gift cards. They suspected Rev. Shey Rima Silveira the lady-priest who officiated the wedding ceremony. They found out from the Home Depot that most of the gift cards were already redeemed. They complained to the police. The police got the video camera recordings from Home Depot (using the credit card numbers and bill references) and then the found that the minister (the priestess) was redeeming the gift card buying detergents and implements. “If you can’t trust someone to officiate over your wedding, who can you trust in this world?” Detective Halliburton who is handling the case told the reporters. When I read about this I was not sure whether I should marvel at their technological superiority in nabbing the thief or at the moral depravity of a priest herself stealing things. God save this country.