• Short Summary

    IN KASHMIR, SCENES OF RELIGIOUS FERVOUR AS THE REPUTED HAIR OF THE PROPHET MOHAMMED IS SHOWN TO NEARLY 20,000 MOSLEMS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINE IT WAS RESTORED TO A HOLY SHRINE NEAR SRINAGAR.

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    IN KASHMIR, SCENES OF RELIGIOUS FERVOUR AS THE REPUTED HAIR OF THE PROPHET MOHAMMED IS SHOWN TO NEARLY 20,000 MOSLEMS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINE IT WAS RESTORED TO A HOLY SHRINE NEAR SRINAGAR. THE SACRED HAIR WAS MYSTERIOUSLY STOLEN LAST MONTH, CAUSING VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS IN KASHMIR.

    IT WAS DISPLAYED ON THURSDAY - THE 21ST DAY OF THE MOSLEM FASTING MONTH WHEN THE RELIC IS EXPOSED TO PUBLIC VIEW. AS THE HAIR'S CUSTODIAN, CLAD IN A GOLD AND GREEN ROBE, HELD UP THE HAIR - HANGING FROM A SILVER CHAIN INSIDE A CRYSTAL PHIAL - THE CROWD CHANTED PRAYERS WITH RAISED ARMS IN PRAISE OF THE PROPHET.

    MANY OF THE DEVOUT, STANDING BAREFOOT IN FROZEN SNOW, WEPT WITH JOY AT SEEING THE RELIC. THOUSANDS OF THEM HAD FLOCKED TO THE SHRINE FROM DISTANT MOUNTAIN VILLAGES.

    BEFORE THE PUBLIC SHOWING, MOSLEM DIVINES HAD A PRIVATE VIEWING OF THE HAIR AND WERE SATISFIED IT WAS GENUINE, THUS DISPELLING FEARS THAT FURTHER TROUBLE MIGHT FOLLOW.

    LATER, SPEAKERS ADDRESSED THE CROWD AND DEMANDED A PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO THE SHOOTING BY POLICE OF FOUR PEOPLE DURING DISTURBANCES LAST MONTH OVER THE HAIR'S THEFT. SEVERAL DEMONSTRATORS PARADED WITH BANNERS CALLING FOR A PLEBISCITE ON KASHMIR'S FUTURE STATUS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAATMLEV2S80JXDXSKOHXDW2NZ4
    Media URN:
    VLVAATMLEV2S80JXDXSKOHXDW2NZ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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