Status: 08/12/2022 7:19 PM
Writer Salman Rushdie has been attacked on a stage in the United States. According to the police, he was injured and taken to the hospital. Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses had received death threats 30 years ago.
Writer Salman Rushdie has been attacked on a New York stage. Police confirmed this. Accordingly, the 75-year-old was stabbed on the neck. The suspect was arrested.
Police said the man ran onto the stage at an event hall in downtown Chautauqua and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. The writer was airlifted to a nearby hospital. “Nothing is known about his condition.” The interviewer has a head injury.
According to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, the intervention of a police officer saved the writer’s life. “It was a state police officer who stood up and saved his life, protecting him,” she said. Rushdie is alive and is receiving help at a local hospital.
Fatwa regarding “The Satanic Verses”
Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses has been banned in Iran since 1988. The work is considered blasphemous by many Muslims. In 1989, the late Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa. He called for the assassination of Rushdie and everyone involved in the distribution of the book. The country has been offered a bounty of over $3 million for the author’s murder.
A Japanese translator was later actually executed. Rushdie had to hide and was given police protection. However, the situation eased in the late 1990s after the Iranian government announced in 1998 that it would not support Rushdie’s assassination.
More threats and boycotts
However, threats and boycotts against literary programs continued. Rushdie’s knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007 sparked protests in Iran and Pakistan.
According to his publisher last year, the Ayatollah’s fatwa no longer meant anything to the author. Rushdie is no longer restricted in his freedom of movement and no longer needs bodyguards.
The writer was born in the city of Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1947, the year of Indian independence. He later studied history at King’s College, Cambridge. He made his breakthrough as a writer with the book “Midnight Children”, which was awarded the famous Booker Prize in 1981.
Attack on author Salman Rushdie
Anne Schneider, ARD New York, August 12, 2022 6:32 PM