Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Joining the Family Business (Death) in Pakistan

It's a living, right?

"Like most executioners from the times of the British Raj, Mr Masih is a Christian. His surname is the local name for Jesus, and is a common surname among Christians of the sub-continent.
He has sunken and heavily wrinkled eyes, teeth turned yellow from chewing tobacco and a heavy stammer in his speech, but a lean, 5ft 10in frame and bold facial features."

"Hanging is my family profession," he says.

"My father was a hangman, and his father was a hangman, and his father and grandfather before him - since the times of the East India Company."