Thousands of Muslims poured onto the streets in the Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi capitals to protest over derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by two leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India.
Protests have intensified in some of these countries and police have been forced to intervene. In India, meanwhile, protests have been partly violent.
According to Al Jazeera, two teenagers have been killed in violence in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, as police cracked down on protests that erupted across the country.
The families of Mudasir, 14, and Sahil Ansari, 19, confirmed the deaths to Al Jazeera, alleging that the police used disproportionate force against the protesters who took out a march in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, after congregational Friday prayers demanding the arrest of two BJP leaders.
As reported by Al Jazeera, dozens of protesters have been injured after protests turned violent.
The BJP suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma for making insulting remarks against Islam’s prophet and expelled another leader, Naveen Jindal, for his anti-Islam tweet after a diplomatic backlash from Muslim countries. The Hindu nationalist party said the offensive remarks did not reflect the government’s position and that the comments were made by “fringe elements”, Al Jazeera reported.