Author of “The Satanic Verses” Salman Rushdie Stabbed in Neck on lecture stage in New York.
Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, has been attacked as he was about to give a lecture in southwestern New York state.
Controversial author Salman Rushdie, whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked on Friday while he was on stage to give a lecture at on southwestern New York state.
According to the media reports, the eyewitnesses have said that a person climbed the stage at the Chautauqua Institute and attacked Salman Rushdie with a knife when Salman Rushdie was speaking at an event at the Chautauqua Institution.
According to the New York State Police, the attacker was immediately taken into custody.
New York police further said Rushdie apparently had stab wounds to his neck and was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
Who is Salman Rushdie?
In 1988, Salman Rushdie published a controversial book, The Satanic Verses, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous and led to a million-dollar bounty on his head.
Riots broke out in the Muslim world due to his book ‘Satanic Verses’.
At that time, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s death.
No novel or book had ever caused a global diplomatic crisis, nor had a government called for the killing of a citizen of another country.
Salman Rushdie’s book is still banned in Pakistan and many other countries and he was forced to live in hiding for almost ten years.
In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised the reward for Rushdie’s murder to $3.3 million.
The British government provided police protection to Salman Rushdie, who was born in a Muslim family in India.
Salman Rushdie was transferred to various safe havens under the alias of Joseph Anton. In the first six months, he had to change places 56 times.
In his diary, based on the memoirs of Joseph Anton, he wrote in 2012 that he was detained and imprisoned, he couldn’t even speak adding that he wanted to play football in the park with my son and a normal life was his impossible dream.
The Muslim world was angered by the Queen’s award of the ‘sir’ title in 2007 for services to literature to Salman Rushdie.
Iran accuses Britain of promoting ‘Islamophobia’ by this time Rushdie had settled in New York without fear, where he had moved in the late 90s.
After living in the shadows for so long, he has become increasingly popular, and many in the West see him as a hero of freedom of expression.