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Girls Movement Women Want Entry to All Mosques
Muslim Girls and Women’s Movement, popularly known as the Mujahid Girls
Movement (MGM), has demanded that women be given entry in all mosques in the
State delegate conference of the MGM, held at Randathani near Kottakkal on
Sunday, said that no Islamic teaching prevented women from entering mosques for
prayers. The conference warned against those trying to deny the rights of women
in the name of tradition. The women pointed out that both the Koran and the
Hadith, the ultimate source of Islamic teachings, allowed and encouraged women
to pray in mosques. “All mosques in the State should be thrown open to women,”
meeting also demanded that Muslim women be given representation in the conduct
and maintenance of mosques and Mahal committees.
have a vital role to play in the community’s progress, and they should not be sidelined
in the name of tradition,” the MGM said.
meeting blamed the government for promoting liquor trade and liquor shops,
saying that it was a challenge on women.
called upon women of all communities to stand united against liquor.
Religions Initiative’s Asian coordinator and woman activist Qutub Jehan Kidwai
inaugurated the conference. MGM State president Khadeeja Nargis presided.
Nadvathul Mujahideen general secretary Abdul Ali Madani, Ithihadu Shubbanil
Mujahideen State president Jabir Amani, Mujahid Students Movement State
president Sufyan Abdussathar, and MGM students wing president Tahliyya
Nov 26 (MENA) - Mufti of Egypt Shawki Allam stressed on Monday that granting
women and men equal inheritance rights violates Islamic Sharia.
a statement, the Mufti said the concept of gender equality in inheritance is
against Islam's teachings.
Sharia allows men to inherit double what a woman would receive.
Islam, Ijtihad is not employed where authentic texts (Qur'an and Hadith) are
considered unambiguous with regard to the matter in question, he said.
inheritance laws are detailed in Quran in a clear way, he added.
remarks came after Tunisia’s president on Monday proposed giving women equal
inheritance rights in a clear challenge to Islamic law.
Only in a few years ago women in Saudi Arabia were still restricted to working
in what we can call the “wrong professions.”
the Saudi government decided to allow women to work in lingerie shops two years
ago, conservatives opposed the decision. The government, however, stuck to its
plan and went ahead with the pro-women decision, making sure women can take up
jobs of their choice in a suitable working environment that is appropriate for
the local culture.
past two years have brought huge changes. People are no longer shocked to see
women working in retails shops. Indeed, it is now commonplace to see Saudi
women working as cashiers in shopping malls and taking up jobs that used to be
male-dominated areas, such as jewelry shops, electronics stores and in cafes, where
their work as waitresses has helped to challenge the negative perceptions of
working women started their careers with courage and confidence, proving to
society that they are capable of doing anything and are a key element in contributing
to the Kingdom’s economy.
women working in new jobs plays a part in empowering them and this is what
Vision 2030 is aiming for. It is also making people more open-minded about it,”
said Sara Maimanat, who is a university student and a full-time barista and
waitress at Boho Art Café, a new place in Jeddah.
said her experience has been wonderful; it brought her a lot of practice and a
lot of fun, working here with other female baristas. It’s her first job, and
people, including her parents and grandparents, have accepted it. “It brought
out my personality,” said Maimanat.
Halawani, another full-time barista in the cafe who works 8 hours a day and 6
days a week, said that her parents were hesitant when she told them she wanted
to work as barista and waitress in the coffee shop. However, when they saw her
so passionate about coffee, they supported her and gave her the opportunity to
try. Her colleague Ayat Dhahi, finished her master’s studies abroad and came
back to Saudi Arabia looking for jobs in her field, but struggled to find one.
Then she saw an advertisement about a vacancy in a coffee shop for baristas and
family, especially my brothers, were conservative about it, but when my brother
visited me in the coffee shop, he was happy and said he never imagined the
environment in a coffee shop would be suitable,” she said.
personally feel that I inspired other girls by working as a barista. By our
encouraging them, those girls will be motivated to work in these new jobs,
which will in turn contribute to the economy of Saudi Arabia,” said Dhahi.
women in Saudi Arabia had limited options when looking for work. They worked as
teachers or in governmental jobs. But in Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is committed
to increasing the employment rate among Saudi women from 22 to 30 percent. This
is beginning to be realized as more women take up new jobs and are given the
opportunity to be part of the workforce, part of the Kingdom’s economic wheel
Ghunaim, who works in Fauchon, a Paris-based restaurant in Jeddah that opened
last month, said that she really likes it when she gets the support of the
customers. Most of them tell her and her colleagues how proud they are in
seeing Saudi girls working as waitresses. She added saying that she never faced
any resistance from her family when she first wanted to work as a waitress.
only challenge I faced was with myself. I’m a very shy person, and I have
slight difficulties speaking to strangers. However, by working as a waitress I
overcame this fear,” said Ghunaim.
fate of Asia Bibi has pitted Home Secretary Sajid Javid against the Prime
Minister, with Mr Javid arguing passionately that she should be given refuge in
sources say that his plan was thwarted after Ms May was persuaded that letting
Bibi claim asylum here would ‘stoke tensions’ among British Muslims.
the political row rages, The Mail on Sunday today reveals the full extent of
the ordeal endured by Ms Bibi, a Roman Catholic from the Punjab province who
was given the death sentence in 2010 after she was accused of defiling the name
of the Prophet Mohammed.
investigation reveals that on the day she was seized by villagers and accused
of blasphemy she was paraded through her village with a leather noose around
her neck, beaten with sticks by a baying mob during a ‘court’ hearing and told
that her life would be spared only if she converted to Islam.
conviction was quashed last month following eight years in solitary confinement
after Pakistan’s Supreme Court said the case was based on ‘inconsistent’
acquittal prompted days of demonstrations by thousands of hardline Islamists
who demanded she be hanged. Ms Bibi is now in hiding after Imran Khan’s
government agreed to allow a petition against the court’s decision as part of a
deal to halt the protests.
instead of being reunited with her five children she is being hunted across
Pakistan, forced to scuttle under cover of darkness between safe houses.
supporters in the UK have lobbied the Government in vain to offer her asylum in
is understood that Mr Javid was backed in his battle by Foreign Secretary
Jeremy Hunt, despite the fact his officials said allowing her to take sanctuary
in the UK would endanger the security of British diplomats in Islamabad.
senior Government source said: ‘Sajid was very sceptical about the official
advice, and pushed hard for her to be given asylum here. It eventually landed
on the Prime Minister’s desk, but she just followed the advice of the
night it was reported that Ms Bibi had been offered asylum by Australia.
Rafiq, a human rights activist who had campaigned for MS Bibi to be given
sanctuary in Britain, said: ‘Not just me, lots of Christians are disappointed
by the British Government not allowing her into the UK. A lot of our Muslim
friends are also disappointed.’
Nadim, a Christian activist and a friend of Ms Bibi’s in Pakistan, said Britain
should give her and her family asylum, adding: ‘If she stays here longer, she
will be killed. I am disappointed they [the UK] have not offered her asylum.’
Bibi was harvesting berries in 2009 when her Muslim co-workers accused her of
being unclean, prompting an argument and allegations Ms Bibi blasphemed against
Islam, which she strongly denies.
newspaper has pieced together the terrifying sequence of events which followed:
she was taken to a makeshift sharia court and flung at the feet of an imam, who
told her: ‘You know what happens to people who insult the Prophet. You can
redeem yourself by accepting Islam.’
declined as the crowd began jeering and spitting. She was then whipped with
sticks and sandals, leaving her bleeding and semi-conscious. Her life was only
saved when a teacher intervened, saying she should be handed over to police.
Foreign Office said: ‘The UK’s primary concern is for the safety of Asia Bibi
and her family. A number of countries are in discussions to provide a safe
Home Office declined to comment, while No 10 said: ‘Bibi’s safety is the Prime
Minister’s only concern.’
Bibi may have escaped the hangman, but her freedom comes with a heavy price.
Today, when she should be reunited with her five children, she is being hunted
across Pakistan, forced to scuttle under cover of darkness from one safe house
to another in fear of her life.
is a desperate situation – and one not helped by Britain which refuses to offer
the mother-of-five sanctuary.
month the Supreme Court in Pakistan decided that Asia, 52, who spent eight
years on death row, had been falsely accused of blasphemy against the Prophet
Mohammed. While most of the country erupted in fury at her release, nowhere did
the anger burn more fiercely than in her home village of Ittan Wali, 40 miles
south-east of Lahore, where her extraordinary ordeal began. Following news of
her reprieve, women took to the streets to protest, a bus was torched and
children ran riot.
now, beyond a few sketchy details, little about Asia’s persecution has been
forthcoming. But last week The Mail on Sunday travelled to Ittan Wali and
interviewed key witnesses, spoke to Asia’s trusted friends and unearthed court
documents. What emerged was a story far more shocking than previously imagined.
investigation can reveal that, on the day she was seized by villagers and
accused of blasphemy:
forefathers have lived in Ittan Wali since before the formation of Pakistan in
1947. For decades, they have been the only Christians among 300 Muslim
village is wholly unremarkable – a collection of mud brick single-storey houses
and dirt tracks skirted by open sewers – but it was home to Asia. And although
she was frequently harassed and entreated to convert to Islam, she refused to
lived with her husband, Ashiq Masih, and two stepdaughters, one stepson, and
two daughters of her own in a single room mud brick house.
in 2009, Asia’s husband was working as a labourer in a local brick kiln. But
with four children to feed – the couple’s eldest daughter was married – Asia
often worked as a farmhand to bring in extra money.
dawn on June 14, Asia and 25 other women went to work picking falsa berries,
similar to blackcurrants, in a field owned by the village’s richest man
Muhammad Idrees. She was paid 250 rupees (£1.50) a day.
morning was a Sunday, so her husband had no work. She left the house quietly,
with Ashiq, now 62, and the four children fast asleep on the large bed they all
midday, when the baking Punjab heat reached 110F (43C), Asia went to a nearby
hand pump and returned with a bucket of water to share with her colleagues and
a tin cup. Two sisters, Asma Bibi and Mafia Bibi (who aren’t related to Asia),
turned on her, saying: ‘This cup was intended for Muslims, why did you take the
water from it?’
said she had made the water impure, because she was ‘chura’, a derogatory term
which means ‘low-caste’, used for Christians.
two sisters then urged Asia to convert to Islam, so she wouldn’t be chura any
more – typical of the religious harassment she faced in Ittan Wali all her
once, instead of remaining meekly silent, Asia stood her ground. She said she
would not convert, and asked why she, not her co-workers, should change
has been claimed that she disparaged the Prophet Mohammed during the heated
discussion that followed. She emphatically denies this – and insists the
allegations were invented to frame her.
so, it is a scenario familiar to many of the nearly three million Christians in
Pakistan, out of a total population of 165 million. The blasphemy laws, it is
widely acknowledged, have long been used against them, not as a system of
organised persecution, but simply as a way of settling petty disputes.
the row, Asia ran back home crying and told Ashiq what had happened. He told
her not to worry, and he seemed to be correct as there were no further
incidents for the next five days.
on Friday, the Muslim religious day, Asia returned to work in the falsa fields,
unaware that a mile away, the village imam, Qari Muhammad Salaam, was stirring
up the villagers by announcing on the mosque loudspeakers that she had
first she was aware of any trouble was hearing a low rumble of voices, then the
terrifying chant: ‘Kill the Christian!’
realised the men were coming for her and soon they appeared on a ridge. She had
nowhere to run. In a panic, she stumbled, dizzy with fear, and a minute or so
later felt hands roughly grab her arms and shoulders while another man fitted a
leather noose around her neck.
to her feet, she was paraded back to the village – led by the leather strap –
and taken to a courtyard in the house of the village leader, where more than
100 people had gathered, including imams from neighbouring villages. It seemed
that a makeshift sharia court was being convened.
village imam was flanked by the two sisters and Asia was flung at his feet. He
told her: ‘You’ve made derogatory remarks about our Prophet. You know what
happens to people who insult the Prophet. You can redeem yourself by accepting
protested her innocence and said she did not want to convert. At this, the
crowd became increasingly hostile and began jeering and spitting. Asia was then
whipped with sticks and sandals. Then, in a form of ritual humiliation, someone
smeared her face with black dye while others held her down.
of Asia’s daughters tried to intervene but was grabbed by her hair and her face
smashed against a door. Another daughter, Isham, then nine, could only watch,
terrified and powerless.
one point Asia begged for water but the crowd shouted: ‘No water for the Christian
dog.’ Another voice added: ‘Drink urine!’
little Isham ran off to look for water and summon her father, who was out
now Asia was badly bleeding and semi-conscious. But when her husband reached
the village, he was held back by the mob. Fearing he would be killed, he ran
said it was clear that villagers would have killed Asia but for the
intervention of a teacher who argued that she should be handed to police.
officers arrived 45 minutes later and she was taken away and formally charged
days later, Joseph Francis, of the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and
Settlement, a Christian group in Lahore, went to Ittan Wali to investigate.
told him that Asma and Mafia, previously friends of Asia, were told to argue
with her as a way of forcing her to either flee her home or convert to Islam.
When The Mail on Sunday visited Ittan Wali last week, we found her house was
occupied by another family.
from the moment of our arrival, our every move was shadowed. It later emerged
that villagers had been instructed to tip off police about any Western
headed to the imam’s house, next to the mosque. A group of men in their early
twenties followed our reporters and stood close by, staring, as we waited for
the imam to answer the door. Eventually, a middle-aged man, dressed in a blue
shalwar kameez, appeared and walked us to the mosque.
to sit down on a mat in a courtyard, whose marble floors were caked with dirt,
we waited for the imam to appear.
he joined us he appeared friendly, offering tea and water, though his demeanour
changed when Asia’s case was mentioned. He seemed angry at Asia’s reprieve and
warned ominously: ‘Everybody is prepared to sacrifice their lives for the
respect of the Holy Prophet.’
Asia was charged with blasphemy, she was transferred to jail in the town of
Sheikhupura, about 27 miles away.
November 2010, she was sentenced to death by hanging in a 30-minute hearing at
a court in the town, with no cross-examination of any witnesses. The court
erupted with joy as she was sentenced.
decision was upheld by Lahore High Court in 2014. In her written testimony,
Asia insisted that the sisters and the imam conspired in a ‘false, fabricated
and fictitious case against me’.
added: ‘I offered my oath to police on the Bible that I had never passed such
derogatory and shameful remarks. I have great respect to [sic] the Holy Prophet
as well as the Holy Koran.’
month, the Supreme Court acquitted Asia after finding inconsistencies in the
evidence of key witnesses, including Asma and Mafia Bibi, and the imam. The
judgment said that there was a ‘feast of falsehood’ in their claims.
Nadim, a friend and guardian of Asia’s family, said that Britain should accept
Asia as an asylum seeker, as there is a real danger against her life.
Nadim said: ‘If she stays here longer, she will be killed. I am disappointed
that they [the British Government] have not offered her asylum.’
is their fear for their safety, Asia’s youngest two daughters wear a niqab veil
when they go out so they are not recognised. Isham, 19, and Isha, 23, have
previously had to flee a restaurant after being jeered at by other diners.
of safety concerns, none of her family were in court in Islamabad to see her
freed last month, instead holing up in Lahore.
Nadim recalled that, after the court hearing, he drove to be with them, but got
stranded as rioters blockaded all the highways.
had a cross hanging in my car, but I took it down and put it in my pocket. The
family were constantly calling me to know if I was OK. I finally made it back.’
the Supreme Court ruling, Asia was still not free to leave the country, as a
petition by Qari Salaam was immediately filed against the judgment, demanding
that it be reversed on the grounds it was ‘erroneous’.
could now face more riots when the petition comes to court, which could be as
early as this week. The issue has torn the country apart and two politicians
who supported Asia have been assassinated. Punjab governor Salman Taseer was
killed by his own bodyguard in January 2011. Three months later, Shahbaz
Bhatti, the Minister for Minorities, himself a Christian, was killed by
Ranjeet Lal, chief of the village of Youngsonabad, five miles from Ittan Wali
and where Asia used to go to church, warned : ‘Asia should leave the country as
soon as possible, because if they can kill politicians who defended her, they
can easily kill her. The longer she stays, the more likely she will be killed.’
was even kept in solitary confinement on death row because fellow inmates
wanted to kill her.
Nadim said that Asia would tell him every Easter when he visited that she had
forgiven her accusers. ‘She would say whoever did her wrong, “I must forgive
them, and I will not say anything wrong for them ever. This is the teaching of
on death row, Asia was offered as much as 500,000 Pakistani rupees [almost
£3,000], a huge sum for a farmhand, to convert from Catholicism to Islam with
the promise that the charges against her would be dropped.
she refused, said Mr Nadim, because of her unshakeable Christian faith.
added: ‘Her faith in God made her strong and stronger. Now she wants to
celebrate Christmas with her family in the open air, with sunlight and fresh
air. Her children celebrated Christmas with her in prison before, but they
could not hug her or kiss her.’
Aziz Talpur heard of the attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi while
driving to work. She rushed to the scene to find two of her colleagues dead,
and a trio of insurgents attempting to blow their way into the building.
fast response and actions during the nearly two-hour assault on the diplomatic
mission in the port city have been praised for saving countless lives.”The
moment I arrived, an exchange of fire was taking place, blasts had been heard,
smoke was emanating,” Talpur, an assistant superintendent of police, said.
away, she took up a position to fire at the attackers and began calling for
reinforcements.”We started to advance inside the consulate and gradually
neutralized the situation,” she said. Since the attack a picture of Talpur
holding her pistol, flanked by commandos, has gone viral on social media. Her
bravery has also earned her a nomination for the country’s highest award for
real credit goes to assistant sub-inspector Ashraf Dawood and constable Amir
Khan who kept the attackers engaged and sacrificed their lives,” she said.
the attack ended, Talpur was among the first police officers to enter the
mission and began reassuring the staff.”When I entered, there was a Chinese
lady and three or four Pakistani men,” she recalled. “The Chinese lady hugged
me and I told her ‘you are in safe hands, things are under control’.”
As a child, Riham would wake up at night to her half-brother molesting her. Now
she is one of seven women recounting their suffering in a play about sexual
violence in Lebanon.
of the women’s voices ring out as the audience moves from room to room in a
house in Beirut. Women’s rights group ABAAD put on the play entitled “Shame on
who?” this weekend.
one room, a girl in white tries to stand up but keeps falling. In another, a
woman talks to her mother but gets no response.
chose the idea of a house because most of these incidents happen from someone
very close to the (victims),” said Sahar Assaf, who conceived and directed the
the safest place for a woman should be her house.”
35, recalls how she told her mother that her half-brother had abused her for 20
years since she was eight. “She said that I was a liar and that I should never
speak of such a thing.”
head Ghida Anani said the play sought to empower survivors and encourage
victims to report assaults.
audience relives Ward’s story from the husband’s perspective as an actor paces
in a bedroom.
got married...but she started getting bothered because I used to like sleeping
with her by force. from behind,” he says.
I gave her sleeping pills and tied her up...She couldn’t do anything.”
passed a long-awaited law in 2014 against domestic violence. But rights groups
were outraged that authorities watered it down so much it fell short of
criminalizing marital rape. Child marriage also remains legal.
United Nations says a third of women worldwide have suffered sexual or physical
2017 national ABAAD study found that one in four women have been raped in
Lebanon. Less than a quarter of those who faced sexual assault reported it, the
felt that he was an animal eating my flesh,” Hoda, whose neighbor raped her at
14, recalls in a recording in the play.
I could turn back time the first thing I would do is go to a forensic physician
to get evidence,” she says. “I would refuse to be the victim. He would pay for
what he did.”
25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Many
Germans like pointing out the mistreatment of women abroad. But in truth,
Germany is far from perfect itself, argues Beate Hinrichs.Health Minister Jens
Spahn, of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), associates "honor"
killings and forced marriages exclusively with immigrants. But is that really
by figures presented by Family Minister Franziska Giffey, domestic violence is
in fact widespread in Germany, and not only found among immigrants. Almost
140,000 victims of domestic abuse were recorded by police last year — 82
percent of them were female. The statistics show that 147 individuals died
after suffering domestic violence; on average, a woman is killed every two and
a half days by a violent husband, partner or ex-partner.
cases go unreported. But an estimated one in four women, at some time in their
lives, fall victim to physical or sexual violence at the hands of their
partner, according a 2004 study commissioned by the Ministry of Family Affairs.
The stats also show that domestic violence is not limited to any specific
societal group, class or age cohort. So the latest figures on domestic
violence, though shocking, don't come as a surprise.
violence a global problem
is plenty of evidence that domestic violence is a huge problem in Germany.
Women's shelters, for example, are at full capacity.
year, thousands of women need to be turned away because there is not enough
space, because shelters are underfunded or not accessible to all. Germany is
permanently breaching the Council of Europe convention on combating domestic
women's shelters are disproportionately frequented by non-German women. But the
reason for this is that they tend to have fewer financial resources and fewer
personal resources on whom they can rely for help.
yes, non-German women do in fact tend to be at higher risk of suffering violent
abuse from their partners. On average, one in three non-German women are
abused, according to the study by the Ministry of Family Affairs. So does a
person's ethnicity or religion explain their propensity for violence? Is Islam
to blame? Not at all.
explanation is much simpler. Men tend to use violence against women when they
are unemployed, when money is tight, when the shared apartment is too small or
when the future looks bleak. Immigrants in Germany, on average, are more likely
to find themselves in grim circumstances like these. #
does not justify violence against women in the slightest, but does make clear
that ethnicity or religious beliefs are not the causal factors at play.
against women can be found everywhere across the world, and it largely
correlates with people's material living conditions.
killings' vs 'family dramas'
what about the widely publicized "honor killings" that are sometimes,
though rarely, perpetrated in Germany? Those are severe crimes, without
question. A study by the Max Planck Institute showed that statistically 12 such
murders are committed per year out of jealousy or revenge, in order to
supposedly restore one's honor.
media outlets, however, offer crude, simplistic explanations when such murders
happen. For instance, when a Turkish man kills his wife, newspapers will label
this an "honor killing." But when a German man does such a thing,
there is either no report or only a tiny article that classifies the murder as
a "family drama." Instead, the media should call both types of
murders what they are: domestic violence, committed by men against women.
Nothing more, nothing less.
that those who commit violence against women are always non-Germans is disingenuous.
We should confront the truth and accept that domestic violence is a widespread
problem in Germany that isn't exclusive to any particular ethnicity. And that,
unfortunately, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against
Women is still a hugely important day in Germany.
police in Istanbul on Sunday reacted to marchers marking an international day
calling for an end to violence against women by firing tear gas at them.
police action, launched after officers repeatedly ordered the illegally
assembled crowd to disperse, stopped about a thousand demonstrators from
marching along Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping street in Turkey’s commercial
responded by yelling “we will not be silent”, “we are not afraid” and “we will
a tense standoff with shield-wielding officers lasting nearly two hours, the
marchers broke off into side streets to shout their slogans before eventually
leaving the area.
authorities rarely give permission for public protests, following big
anti-government marches that took place in 2013.
protests marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against
Women were held in many other cities around the world over the weekend, most of
them without police opposition.
be a woman in Turkey is to suffer violence from men in all areas of life,
whether at work or at home,” one demonstrator, Yasemin Esmer, told AFP.
here to cry out our feeling of revolt. We are saying we are stronger when
united,” said another, a student who didn’t give her name.
against women is a recurrent issue in Turkey, where several hundred femicides
are recorded each year.
association, Stop Femicides, counted 409 murders of women or girls last year,
and 328 in 2016.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has frequently condemned violence against women. But
associations accuse his conservative, Islamic-rooted government of failing to
take sufficient measures to stop it.
is most dangerous place for women
a new UN study says that more than half the women who were murdered worldwide
last year were killed by their partners or family members, making home “the
most dangerous place for a woman.”
statistics released on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
against Women, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calculated that of
a total 87,000 female homicide cases worldwide in 2017, some 50,000 – or 58% –
were committed by the victims’ intimate partners or family members.
30,000, or 34%, were committed by intimate partners alone.
amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know,” the
Vienna-based body said.
vast majority – around 80% – of homicide victims worldwide were men, but “women
continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality,
discrimination and negative stereotypes,” said UNODC chief Yury Fedotov.
are also the most likely to be killed by intimate partners and family… making
the home the most dangerous place for a woman,” he said.
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