Booker Prize winner and author of The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie has been attacked in New York, USA. Salman Rushdie had been facing death threats for many years.
The attack took place when he was speaking at a program at the Chautauqua Institute. Witnesses say that as they were being introduced, they saw a man running on stage and he either punched or stabbed Rushdie.
In a video posted online, attendees are seen running on stage soon after the incident. After this, the people present there caught the attacker on the spot.
Rushdie’s condition is not yet known. Police have told that they have been taken to a local hospital by helicopter. New York State Police have reported that Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck. And the attacker is now in police custody.
A bloodied Rushdie was quickly surrounded by a small group of people who held up his legs, presumably to send more blood to his chest.
Rushdie has been a prominent spokesman for free expression and liberal causes. He is a former president of PEN America, which said it was “reeling from shock and horror” at the attack.
“We can think of no comparable incident of a public violent attack on a literary writer on American soil,” CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.
New York Police Said State Police are investigating an attack on Salman Rushdie, the first author of a speech event held at the Chateauqua Institute in Chateauqua, New York. The person taking the interview was attacked. Rushdie is stabbed in the neck. The suspected attacker was immediately taken into custody. His condition is not yet known. At the same time, the interviewer has suffered a minor head injury.
Who is Salman Rushdie?
The Indian-origin novelist shot to fame with ‘Midnight Children’ in 1981. It sold over one million copies in the UK alone. In 1988, Rushdie’s fourth book, The Satanic Verses, was published. This novel caused outrage among some Muslims,
He termed its content as blasphemy. It was banned in some countries.
A year after the book’s publication, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death fatwa against Rushdie.
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