The Myth of the Chosen One: The Story behind the Story of the Man Who Allegedly Abused and Murdered One Hundred Children

The Myth of the Chosen One: The Story behind the Story of the Man Who Allegedly Abused and Murdered One Hundred Children

The Myth of the Chosen One: The Story behind the Story of the Man Who Allegedly Abused and Murdered One Hundred Children

The Myth of the Chosen One: The Story behind the Story of the Man Who Allegedly Abused and Murdered One Hundred Children

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The case of Javed Iqbal, an alleged serial killer, attracted great attention both within and outside Pakistan. Killing of even one person is a heinous act, but here is a man attributed about a hundred cold-blooded murders of persons of young and tender ages. Allegations of child-abuse and the manner in which the dead bodies of the victims were destroyed and disposed of, compounded the gravity of the dastardly action. The man was tried along with his two young accomplices. The trial Court found enough evidence to convict all of them for the offences for which they were charged. The trial Judge while passing the sentence of death which by law he was entitled to award has further directed that the execution of sentence be done by publicly hanging the convict and that his dead body be cut into pieces and dissolved in acid. The Judge has no legal authority to do all that. Neither the statute law applicable to the case of Javed Iqbal nor any firmly established principle of Islamic law does furnish even a semblance of legality to the Judge's directions. It appears that the unusual part of Judge's directions is a reaction to the manner in which the convict is said to have disposed of the dead bodies.

Dr. Sohail has indeed taken pains to examine this shocking episode from the point of view of a Psychiatrist. We in Pakistan are not sufficiently equipped in that kind of investigation even at the clinical level. As for our investigating agencies, suffice it to say that their techniques and methods have not advanced during the last hundred years. Our Courts are not concerned with such matters, except when a plea of insanity is advanced on behalf of an accused person. So, Dr. Sohail's attempt is commendable. I wish, however, he had also had the opportunity to interview and in fact clinically examine the Judge who passed the order. It is not only the guilty who may be mentally sick, after all.

(Abid Hasan Minto) Senior Advocate Supreme Court Former President of theSupreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan . . .

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