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Published: 0300 GMT June 10, 2022

Huge protests in Asia over Indian officials’ remarks about Muslims’ Prophet

Huge protests in Asia over Indian officials’ remarks about Muslims’ Prophet

Indian students burn effigies depicting suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma and expelled official Naveen Kumar Jindal, demanding their arrest for comments on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in New Delhi on June 10, 2022.

Muslims took to the streets in huge protests around Asia after Friday prayers, sparked by derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by two officials from India’s ruling party that has triggered a diplomatic backlash against New Delhi.

Around 20 countries have since called in their Indian ambassadors and the party has gone into damage control, suspending the officials from their ranks and insisting it respected all religions, according to AFP.

Friday saw the biggest street rallies yet in response to the furore, with police estimating more than 100,000 people mobilised across Bangladesh after midday prayers.

"We gather here today to protest the insult of our Prophet by Indian government officials," said Amanullah Aman, a protester in the capital Dhaka. "We want death penalties for them."

Crowds in the city chanted slogans denouncing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and warning enemies of the Muslim faith to "be careful".

Around 5,000 supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan gathered to protest in the city centre, calling on the government to take stronger action against India over the comments.

"The Prophet of Islam is our red line. Be it India... or anyone else, they should know that defenders of Islam will not remain silent," said school teacher Irfan Rizvi.

Members of India's 200-million-strong Muslim minority community staged demonstrations in several cities, with a large crowd gathered on the steps of the 17th-century Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi.

Elsewhere in the capital, social media footage showed students of the prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia university burning an effigy of Nupur Sharma – the Bharatiya Janata Party spokeswoman whose comments set off the furore.

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir cut the restive territory's internet connections, restricted prayer congregations at mosques and imposed a curfew on Friday.

And in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, about 50 protesters staged a rally in front of the Indian Embassy in Jakarta.




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