INDIA (CBS) -- Police in Kashmir's main city Srinagar used tear-gas on Friday (September 21) to break up a protest of burqa-clad women demonstrating against an anti-Islamic film.
Clad in black burqas, the activists of women's separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Milat (Daughters of Faith) raised slogans against India and US as they marched through the streets of Srinagar.
The protesters carried placards with some reading 'Our Prophet, Our honour', 'Hell to America' and 'We love Mohammad more then our lives' as they defied the precautionary curfew imposed by the authorities to prevent any outbreak of violence after the Friday prayers.
A protest call was given by the leader of Kashmir's main separatist Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Grand Mufti Bashiruddin against the film.
A short film, made with private funds in the United States and posted on the Internet has ignited days of demonstrations in the Arab world, Africa and Asia and in some Western countries.
The 13-minute English-language video, which was filmed in California portrays the Muslim Prophet Mohammad engaged in crude and offensive behaviour. Many of the Islamic faith regard any depiction of the prophet as blasphemous.
Police also detained the Chairman of the separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik as a precautionary measure aimed at maintaining peace.
Meanwhile, Malik called for a tighter control over people who make anti-Islamic films and cartoons.
"These type of people, who are mentally-ill and should be kept in mental asylum, if they are let free, they can be a cause for a civil war all over the world," Malik said.
Caricatures or other characterizations of the Prophet Mohammad have in the past, provoked violent protests across the Muslim world.