Woman gang raped and paraded in streets

Published: January 18, 2011
Names have been changed to protect the identity of the victims.

Names have been changed to protect the identity of the victims.

VEHARI: A 17-year-old girl was abducted, raped and paraded naked around the streets of her village for refusing the advances of a local landlord.

According to local residents, Saleema* was alone in her home when Ijaz Ahmed and his friends, Bilal, Shehbaz, Muazzam and Tahir broke into her house and raped her. Saleema’s brother Rasheed told the police that Ijaz had been stalking his sister for several months and she had refused him. “He began to threaten her and me,” he said. Rasheed and Saleema’s parents died a few years ago and they were both living with their grandfather and an old uncle.

“I had refused him several times. He threatened to kill my brother and me,” Saleema told the police. On Saturday night, five men broke into Saleema’s house and raped her while her brother was at work. “They beat up my grandfather and uncle and they could barely walk,” she said. Locals said that the men later dragged Saleema outside in the dera and paraded her in the streets of the village. “The men kept making loud claims about her being their ‘property’ and no one said a word because they were armed,” said a villager.

Rasheed registered an FIR in Machiwaal Police Station. “At first the police refused to even file the FIR but now they have done so,” Rasheed said, adding “I know they will not follow it up because Ijaz Ahmed is the son of a feudal lord Khalil Ahmed.” Rasheed said that the feudal lord’s family had been pressurising his family and had threatened to kill them if they went to the police. An FIR No 27/2011 has been lodged but Rasheed and his sister said that the police had only lodged offences under Section No 376/1 but did not file a rape or gang rape charge.

“I have issued a medical certificate testifying that she was gang raped. The girl was also dragged through the village,” Vehari district hospital Dr Ghazala confirmed. “The hospital has already treated three members of the family as the girl’s grandfather and uncle were brought in with severe injuries after they tried to rescue her,” she said.

Station House Officer (SHO) Rafiq Joiya said that the police were searching for the criminals. However locals said that they had seen Ijaz return to the village and saw him beat up Rasheed. “They beat him to a pulp after he filed the case and broke his nose,” said a villager Karim.

“He came to me and threatened to kill me if I did not take the case back,” Rasheed said, while he was in the hospital.

Rasheed, Saleema and their grandfather have asked for the Punjab Chief Minister to take up their case. “The police will do nothing because Ijaz and his cronies are roaming about freely in the streets,” Rasheed said, adding “everyone knows where they are and they have boasted that they will kill all of us.”

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the victims

Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (75)

  • M.S.Shaikh
    Jan 18, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Will the religious parties organize a rally to get the perpetrators of the heinous act arrested? Will a right-wing mindset chap shoot these criminals in their back? Our religious fervor is selective and we are no longer the Islamic Republic…pathetic acts.Recommend

  • anum
    Jan 18, 2011 - 10:45AM

    this is gross.. making victims forcefully parade around the locality is becoming a common practice after the sialkot event.. i wonder how can so many people at the same time agree on committing such a ridiculous sin.Recommend

  • Waqas Rao
    Jan 18, 2011 - 11:04AM

    Sad ufffffffffffff dont have any words to just explain how paralyzed we are as a society for not providing justice.Recommend

  • Ajaya Dutt
    Jan 18, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Thanks for publishing this. I bow in most sincere respect to the family for standing upto tyrant. I wish some “Human” elements will pay attention to abduction, rape and conversion of Hindus in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Jan 18, 2011 - 11:22AM

    where are the Molvis?Recommend

  • ehabs
    Jan 18, 2011 - 11:24AM

    Religion is the problem. It has continually denied women any rights in Pakistan. You can rest assured that if anything like this were to happen in a secular country, these men who committed this heinous act would be toast.

    Pakistanis need to rediscover their roots as a secular people. Too much influence from the Arabs has corrupted your society to insanity levels.Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Jan 18, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Now where are the Mullahs who are making a fuss against Salman Taseer? Do they have the moral sense of issuing a fatwa against these rapists? If not, do they see rape by influential fueds as permissable? Recommend

  • KM
    Jan 18, 2011 - 12:21PM

    Isn’t this worse than Insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)? That we don’t even care for the good deeds he has had told us to do, and here we are acting worse than the Zamana e Jahalat. What Nizame Mustafa are we talking about, when we cant even act on the basics of living humane.Recommend

  • Jan 18, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Laanat hai yaar aisay logon par! :@ :'(

    Religion is not the problem for your kind information, it’s the people who are practicing it wrongly and for their own good.Recommend

  • GH
    Jan 18, 2011 - 12:36PM

    Now, i want to see New Governor of Punjab stood firm with this poor lady? do he has the guts??Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 18, 2011 - 12:41PM

    I wish I could use expletives here against the so-called Mullahs. The problem is that the majority of the public is silent right now.

    One generation of this country has to sacrifice if we are to go anywhere. People will get killed for sure and many lives will be lost. But our countrymen have to stand up against this pathetic behaviour. Stand up against the pseudo-mullahs and the so called aalim-e-deen. Stand up against the corruption which is not only financial but also moral and social.

    One generation fought for a free country and we got it. Another generation came and looted and plundered everything. Moral chaos was rampant everywhere. This generation will not do anything for this country. The young generation now has to stand up and even lay down their lives if need be.

    Another problem that is present in the whole of Pakistan is the different levels of education: english-medium, urdu-medium and the madrassahs. This will lead us further downhill.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jan 18, 2011 - 12:57PM

    So They won’t suffer accusations of (suspected) Blasphemy but they wont lift a finger against sinful acts such as rape? Mullahs are the real rapists of the country!Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jan 18, 2011 - 1:06PM

    The police should be punished. Cowards.
    My blood boilsRecommend

  • Salman
    Jan 18, 2011 - 1:44PM

    The rape is not everyday issue in Punjab, i dont knw why authorities in Punjab are sleeping.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed
    Jan 18, 2011 - 1:49PM

    Will the “Civil Society” Members come to road against it ?.Recommend

  • Danish
    Jan 18, 2011 - 1:50PM

    exactly, where are the mullahs? where is the chief minister? this is the second case during the week!! this is outrageous. if the first criminal hasd been punished, this could have been avoided. this is a country of barbarians. the family of the Sialkot brothers is still awaiting justice. these ppl are worse than animals.Recommend

  • shahab
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:02PM

    There is a story narrated in the Holy Quran that once a whole tribe was demolished when the people didn’t notice the cruel act of cutting camel’s feet by a single person….others got punishment for their silence…..for God sake we can’t bear any more violence….stand up for some good reason……
    A simple answer to this….WE are not human being. We are moving back to Zamana e Jahiltyat. These wicked Mullas are the remains of Zamany e Jahilyat…..and every person in this country is responsible for that….and would be responsible for coming incidents…..Recommend

  • wazdan
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:12PM

    final will be in favor of wadhera. when they were draging her why not any one complain or lodge FIR.get to the roots.Recommend

  • Salim
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:16PM

    where are the Molvis and Mullahs ? Well they were the chief guests for this event.
    Please check with the event organizers.
    Very sad indeed….Recommend

  • Qadir
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:27PM

    You have identified the problem correctly when you said
    “Religion is the problem.”Recommend

  • Umar Farooq
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:35PM

    I am standing with victim family and hope CM Punjab will take action against the culprits. Recommend

  • Jawad
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:50PM

    Simply disgusting! That’s ALL! Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Disgusting !

    Action must be taken and a very stern action that is. Recommend

  • Jay
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:20PM

    This is a slap in the face of all those who still believe that we are living in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan… wake up people!!!!!!!!!! What a vulgar society we have become!! Recommend

  • Jawed
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:29PM

    In a failed state, anything can happened. Shame on leaders and administrators who can not safeguard their countrymen that too a muslims………Recommend

  • Jay
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:30PM

    @Usman, totally agree with you! particularly about the so-called Mullahs… where are they now? Do they even know or care? Why is it that all claims are for fighting against the evils of the west when there is deeply rooted evil at home… so deep that it will take several generations’ blood to take it out! I also agree that the fault lies with the people, we have no right to complain about anything because we are the ones who are allowing injustice, violence and cruelty to takeover our lives! I think it will take several generations to purify this nation, if we really want to do that.. which will have to start from standing-up against the so-called religious leaders!!Recommend

  • Jawed
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Shame on you onlookers. You lost your credibility as human being and as a muslim. I think country name should be changed to Rapistan, killeristan, corruptistan and so on…….shame shame…….Indian Muslims are better than a muslims in Pakistan…….Recommend

  • Jawed
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:34PM

    dear pakistanis,
    hang rapists……if u claim to be a muslim………which unfortunately dont look a like…..shame on u all

  • faraz
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:39PM

    Where are the thekedars of our qaumi-ghairatRecommend

  • Kashif
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Fudal Lords… Such Criminals should be STONED TO DEATH… !!!! May Allah Take Revenge from these Evil People and Make them Nishan-e-Ibrat for All. All I can do is offer my condolence and sympathy with the poor family. I wish these criminals should be brought to Justice with out wasting even a second. Cheif Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary PLEASE TAKE SOMOTO ACTION…. PLEASE…!!!!!!Recommend

  • AZ
    Jan 18, 2011 - 4:06PM

    When a ‘christian’ woman allegedly insulted the Holy Prophet (PBUH), they took to the streets, they issued fatwas, they burned effigies, they took out rallies, they DEMANDED justice!!!!

    Now, when a poor ‘muslim’ girl is gang-raped, humiliated, her family assaulted and threatened whilst the guilty roam free….. Dare I ask, where are those self-proclaimed saviors of religion, those guardians of faith, those harbingers of justice?

    Answer: nothing . .indeed religion is selective! . . they burn non-Muslims for their ‘alleged insult’ against the Holy Prophet (PBUH), but they dare not raise an eye-brow on the atrocities committed by Muslims upon fellow Muslims.

    Lets wait and see which ‘jamaat’ or ‘tehreek’, issues a fatwa or takes out a rally for the poor victim of this heinous act. Which one of them will step up and DEMAND justice for the victim?Recommend

  • Jan 18, 2011 - 4:21PM

    Laanat hai yaar aisay logon par! :@ :’(

    Religion is not the problem for your kind information, it’s the people who are practicing it wrongly and for their own good.Recommend

    Jan 18, 2011 - 4:44PM

    Why the hell is everyone blaming the mullas??!! Why don’t we act against these beasts??!! Just imagine that this Saleema was one from your household..How many more Saleemas and Sialkot incidents need to take place before an action is taken!

    it is time to WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Copper
    Jan 18, 2011 - 4:46PM

    Its ironic how liberal extremists manage to discover Moulvi in everything, Moulve may be heldresponsible for several problems but not this heinous crime. Its the landlord culture, Shahbaz Sharif should take notice and get the culprit arrested, if not, hopefully CJ will (its so sad one has to resort on CJ for everything)Recommend

  • komal
    Jan 18, 2011 - 5:13PM

    my sympathies and prayers with the poor lady..hopefully she will get justice in this world..
    with all due respects to the opinions given above i just dont understand what has RELGION got to do with the woman not getting justice?? if any of u knwo as per religion the punishment for the person charged with rape is DEATH BY STONING..now if this punishment is given than all THE SECULARISTS raise the slogan OF HUMAN RIGHTS..do u even realize why this punishment is there so tha it will be a lessonfor the others not to try a heinous crime like this..women and men all around the world are raped and not everywhere the poor victims get justice
    if many of the secular ppl here can go and check the statistics the highest number of rape cases is in the unired states is the highest inteh world and the arrest rate ther is only 25%..
    Nearly 190,000 people reported being raped in the United States in 2008. There is an arrest rate of 25%. as per wikipedia..
    the reason why our nation is in doldrums not becaus eof religion it is in doldrums because of the treatment of information both by the religious upholders and the secularists….we have lost all morales,respect tolerance just fighting over WHY ONE SHUD FOLLOW RELIGION ANd WHY ONE SHOULD NOT……
    the reason why this poor lady will not get justice is because none of us is willing to stand up for her..its not the religion that is the problem it is the people who follow and preach it wrong and the people who neither follow it but do lov eto preach it wrong..please understand the relgion and than bother preaching it…Recommend

  • Sandy
    Jan 18, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Where are defenders of Islamic laws who say women must be in veil Why are they silent now Is this not a case of blasphemy As the accused have not followed the Islamic law by parading a woman naked
    Culprits must be punished publicly Recommend

  • Nahyan Mirza
    Jan 18, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Will the other ‘Malik Mumtaz Qadri’s’ please step up and do something constructive for a change or is the Islam of the fanatics just restricted to killing people for political reasons. Are there any humanitarian maulvis around??? Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 18, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Why do many of these incidents happen in Punjab?Recommend

  • Danny
    Jan 18, 2011 - 7:52PM

    The clipping is not based on facts. Neither gang raped nor paraded in the streets.Only one Ijaz committed rape and thereafter inflicted injuries to the brother of victime. However, police took severe action against the culprits and arrested them. Recommend

  • salim
    Jan 18, 2011 - 7:54PM

    Where is Rana Sanaullah, the ‘holier than thou’ Punjab law minister. Lets see some real justice done!!!!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jan 18, 2011 - 7:58PM

    Classic Pakistan – horrendous crime committed in public – no arrest – no public outrage. Perhaps you should spend less time acting holy/religious and spend more time acting like decent human beings.Recommend

  • Radial
    Jan 18, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Please don’t wait for the mullahs and the Qadris. They are too busy making a place for themselves in “heaven.” This poor woman will have to just put up with what has happened to her in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Don’t look for justice, there isn’t any.Recommend

  • aamira
    Jan 18, 2011 - 9:00PM

    To blame others it is better we people take step by our own self because it is our country and we all have duty to make it beautiful rather than to blame on an other.think about it.Recommend

  • Noor Lodi
    Jan 18, 2011 - 9:18PM

    We are ripe for Taliban style take over. This is what was happening in Afghanistan before Taliban took control. No I am NOT in favor of Taliban style government but when only they can provide justice and security with their ruthless style of law enforcement, what other options we have. And I can tell you killers, rapists and corrupts will be on the run when Taliban style Mullah’s take over. We have no good option.

    We are fast sinking in the abyss. :-(Recommend

  • rao
    Jan 18, 2011 - 9:37PM

    where are the civil society and MOLVIE”S now ?Recommend

  • Tanvir
    Jan 18, 2011 - 10:34PM

    Those who praised Malik Mumtaz Qadri such as lawyers must denounce this act and use their leverage so that police put up a strong case in court and that must be done quickly.
    Each and Every Political Party in Pakistan must denounce this and use their political pressure to ensure that police put up a strong case against criminals and this must be done in couple of days.
    Justice delayed is like Justice denied.
    Parliament should pass a resolution ” We are ashamed we failed to keep up with islamic values and therefore we have decided to change the name Islami Jomhoriya Pakistan to Republic of Pakistan. When we will be able to observe and implement Islmic Value we will revert back to using “Islamic Jumhoriya Pakistan” as a name for our country. Recommend

  • Jawad Khan Niazi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:12AM

    Molvis? Can’t a normal Pakistani oppose these crimes? Or are we under the impression that only Molvis can get things done?
    Next thing we could see here would a liberal zealot linking this to the blasphemy lawRecommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:53AM

    Why you blaming molvis for that why not the gov the law is in the hand of gov or u paid for this blaming game… Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 6:55AM

    oh mullahji were are you and your emotions on this? oh mullahji!Recommend

  • Anon
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:39AM

    This infuriates me, when will justice prevail?Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:48AM

    NOw where is Mr Nawaz shareef, he only showed his anger only if killings happens in Karachi to score his points.. he never speak abt such things which is a daily routine in PUNJAB…… What a shame no one can protest and say a work …..Recommend

  • hasan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:05AM

    Once religion was the guiding light which prompted leaders like jinnah and allama iqbal to undertake the seperation of muslim states from india, to allow muslims to practice their religion freely. But today we don’t believe that islam contains all the guidelines on which to construct a society and a governmental system unmatched by any secular form of lifestyle. Instead of realising that it is our own ignorance which had led to these problems we blame it “molvies” and islam.
    If our country became secular, no one will care for the other, it will become a self driven country. We are on this road right now. We need to turn back, and embrace the way of islam. All true muslims have Allah on their side, and Allah is the only Provider, Sustainer and Protector. Will we have Allah’s support when we neglect the ways of islam?
    Also by giving justice to the victims, and enforcing the islamic law, we will effectively deter any wrongdoers if the future!Recommend

  • Farhan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:46AM

    Remember this crime had been made in area which is Feudal but also belongs to Liberal and secular class..Recommend

  • Sidra
    Jan 19, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Now none of he molvi will say anything on it. Aurat ki izaat thori ki jati hai. Dule standards of society. Recommend

  • Ross Gellar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 12:59PM

    Here is a little story .. there was a kid named John and he had two uncles Kim and Jim. Kim always clothed and fed John whenever he was hungry or cold. Jim always provided moral support to John and whenever John needed some material support Jim would cautiously back out. Kim had a son named Tim and every chance John got he would pick on Tim and try to beat him. Here John is pakistan and Kim is the US(Christian Countries) and Jim is Saudia Arabia (Muslim Countries). This story really confuses me… why does pakistan show so much pride and dignity if its ruling mullahs go against other faiths in pakistan and at the same time gladly accept funds from people of that faith in different countries………ILLETRACY and IGNORANCE..Recommend

  • Zara
    Jan 19, 2011 - 6:48PM

    I am sure all those present who did not do anything must have enjoyed seeing the poor girl naked. May Allah show us the right path.

    A girl cant even walk anywhere in Pakistan without being gawked by all kinds of people. And here she was naked. How do you expect them to say anything?Recommend

  • Amjad
    Jan 19, 2011 - 8:21PM

    @ Sameer – you are absolutely right. Punjab crime and law and order is a mess. They dont care just score points.Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 9:14PM

    Where has gone the implementation of Hudood Law and Mullah monopolyRecommend

  • AM
    Jan 20, 2011 - 12:49AM

    What happened to the famous culprits of Sialkot? Does anyone know?
    We are still under the rule of few individuals. Youth must wake up and take charge in own hands to promote a peaceful and harmonious system in our country..Recommend

  • Junaid Ali Khan
    Jan 20, 2011 - 5:05AM


  • Maulana Diesel
    Jan 20, 2011 - 7:43AM

    Time for the ordinary citizens of Pakistan to take up arms. Either the government stand up and protect us or we will protect ourselves. The government should know that once the ordinary citizens take up arms this will be a revolution worst then the French revolution. No prisoners will be taken. No landlord will be left alive. The Sharif brothers will once again be living in their posh flat on Park Lane, London. Zardaro will be back in Dubai where he belongs. Rehman Malik will be selling sandwiches on Edgeware road. Babar Awan would have rejoined Jamat e Islami, back to where he came from.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 21, 2011 - 2:17AM

    Justice for rape victims will never be easy in Pakistan as long as men like this landlord are not taught a lesson.
    Saleema should stand up and do what Lorena Bobbitt did. And for that she’ll become my heroine forever.Recommend

  • Jan 21, 2011 - 6:29AM

    Pakistan should make another hard law in this purpose. Kill the rapist like iran. No way to leave them. Recommend

  • Saqib
    Jan 21, 2011 - 8:59AM

    What is Islam and Molvis to blame for .. ? this is been done by Traditional Vaderas and Chauhdries.. Same type of people who are Ruling this country .. This kind of incidents are the reason why We are expecting an earth quake to come as azab of God and ruin the people of this countryRecommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 21, 2011 - 10:02AM

    The culprits should be raped and paraded too to get the feel of this immense humiliation.Recommend

  • Student
    Jan 21, 2011 - 10:03AM

    where is SC ? Mr. Nawaz ? JI ? imran khan sahaab ?Recommend

  • Amanat ali
    Jan 21, 2011 - 12:38PM

    so terrible, where is the police and law. If the incident is true then the local SHO and Police officials should be punished. Is this pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam, Is this s Islamic Pakistan. .Recommend

  • syed maududi
    Jan 21, 2011 - 1:51PM

    these are liberals, whats it to do with maulvis. did a group of maulvis rape her.was this poor girl raped in the mosque.
    why do people hate Islam and blame everything on Islam when they themselves are the culprit.
    if you dont like Islam claim that your parents forced you into this and move away from Islam.
    Oh great liberals, please have some courage.
    we are ruled and abused by liberals. No Muslim is in power. In fact anti Muslims are in power, you know that, i know that, every one knows that..Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 21, 2011 - 2:39PM

    @syed maududi:
    Maulvis also rape torture, and do so within the confines of their mosques. It’s an unrefuted and a well known fact.
    Here is a refresher if you’re living in denial:
    No one here is blaming Islam, contrary to your claims. Islam has got nothing to do with it.
    But the culprits are Muslims none the less.Recommend

  • Azam Sultan Ahmed
    Jan 22, 2011 - 2:46AM

    What a shame this to happen in the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • syed maududi
    Jan 22, 2011 - 2:28PM

    @Azam Sultan Ahmed:
    Islamic republic by name only my friend. Sharia is not implemented, it is not an Islamic Republic.
    We are ruled by liberals. The Liberal Republic of Pakistan, and really what a shame.Recommend

  • Soms
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:50AM

    So are we going to see any protest rallies by the liberal extremists to champion this woman’s cause and highlight her suffering? any candle light vigils? any ‘mourning’ for the unspeakable abuse that this woman suffered? Or are the secular extremists in this country only riled up when a Christian woman insults our Holy Prophet (SAW) and is sentenced by a Pakistani court in accordance with the LAW of the land?Recommend

  • syed maududi
    Jan 30, 2011 - 8:15PM

    quite right. where are the great liberal vigils for the 3 pakistani boys gunned down, by a great american. @Soms: Recommend

  • Noor Lodi
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:32PM

    @syed maududi:

    Sir, I am not sure what is your definition of liberal is. But if speaking against a cold blooded murder of the governor, who people are turning into a hero (Murderer that is) and women who is being implicated in the name of Prophet Mohammed (PbuH) who himself was peace loving and all forgiving, is liberalism, then yeah I am a liberal.

    And don’t confuse the issue. Who you are calling liberals are NOT killing in the name of Islam, neither are then engaging in blesphemy or forcing their ideas on others. It is these religious fanatics and extremists who have turned this great religion into a mockery. They are trigger happy and ready to kill anyone who do not see eye to eye with them.

    Are liberals and the silent sane majority in Pakistan guilty of not taking to the streets to protest against the religion extremism. Yes they very much are, and on that point I will agree with you. Recommend

  • RD
    Feb 13, 2011 - 9:43PM

    How can this go unpunished, but alleged blasphemy is given a death sentence?
    Reform of the so-called justice system is necessary. And about 50 years out-of-date.
    As if the rape and beatings aren’t awful enough, parading the young woman naked in public? Well, at least now there are the necessary witnesses to press charges under the ridiculous rape laws.Recommend

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