chapter  1
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Revenge and retribution

In January 2000 a Pakistani man gave himself up to police, introducing himself by saying, “I am Javed Iqbal, killer of one hundred boys.” He had lured the boys to his apartment in Lahore, given them food and entertained them, taken snapshots, and then suffocated them, dissolving the bodies in large vats of acid which he poured into an alleyway sewer. Iqbal was proud that he had committed these killings after having made a pledge to himself that he would take the lives of one hundred children as an act of “revenge against the police.” He had two young servants who had beaten him badly. When he took a complaint to the police, they ignored him and instead accused him of sodomy, something he had been charged with before.