Salman Rushdie stabbed – Reported to be ‘unable to speak on ventilator’

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Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2022, 17:17 [IST]

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Famous writer Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed by an unidentified assailant at an event in New York, is on a ventilator and unable to speak, his agent said.

Author Salman Rushdie, who faced years of death threats after writing Satan’s Verses, was stabbed and attacked on a stage in New York.

The Booker Prize winner was attacked while speaking at a non-profit Shattauqua Institute event.

Eyewitnesses said that the person who was in the audience at the show suddenly got on the stage and stabbed Rushdie in the neck.

Following this, the organizers of the event immediately rushed to Salman Rushdie and tried to save him, in a video uploaded on the Internet.

He was immediately airlifted to hospital.

Rita Lindman, a doctor at the Shattauqua event, treated Rushdie after the stabbing, according to the New York Times. She said Rushdie suffered multiple stab wounds, including to the right side of his neck. The area where he collapsed on the stage was seen pooling blood. Rushdie seemed to be alive at that time. Bystanders also called out, “He has a pulse,” said Dr. Rita Lindman.

The person who assaulted Salman Rushdie has been caught from the spot. His name is Hadi Mattar. He is said to be a resident of New Jersey.

New York police have confirmed that the man ran towards the stage and stabbed Salman Rushdie and his interviewer. The interviewee sustained a head injury.

The injured Rushdi was operated on. “He could lose an eye. Nerves in his arm are severed. His liver is damaged,” said his agent, Andrew Wesley.

It is still not clear what led to his attack. Police are examining electronic devices in the attacker’s bag.

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In this situation, the majority leader of the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, has registered his strong condemnation of the attack on Salman Rushdie. He said on his Twitter page that this is an attack on freedom of speech and expression.

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Salman Rushdie is known as a voice for freedom of expression and has on many occasions issued opinions in defense of his works.

Salman’s speech was the keynote address at a summer lecture series event hosted by Shattucka, a nonprofit organization in New York. Following the incident, the entire area has been sealed off and brought under police surveillance.

Eyewitness accounts

Meanwhile, local media outlet Mark Sommer of the Buffalo News told the BBC that the attacker was wearing a black mask.

Mark Sommer said witnesses told him that the assailant, who was sitting in the audience row, suddenly climbed onto the stage and began attacking Rushdie.

It has been learned that 10 to 15 people rushed to Salman Rushdie’s rescue as soon as the man started attacking him, during which time Rushdie collapsed on the floor for about five or more minutes.

After that, his companions took him by the hand and helped him to the hospital in the helicopter that was waiting outside.

“Usually Salman Rushdie comes out surrounded by extra security guards. It is hard to believe that he would not have had adequate security. The assailant must have entered the stage within seconds of the performance,” says journalist Somar.

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Carl Levin, who witnessed the attack, told the BBC that those who attended the event were “still reeling”.

“It was absolutely horrifying to see such a scene,” he said, adding that the man repeatedly assaulted Rushdie.

Carl Lewin said he was sitting 14 or 15 rows back in the audience section during the attack in the closed arena.

What happened when Satan’s verses were revealed??

  • Indian-born author Salman Rushdie rose to international fame in 1981 with the Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight’s Children. In Britain alone, his book has sold more than a million copies.
  • But Salman Rushdie wrote a fourth—“The Satanic Verses”—published in 1988—that forced him into hiding for nearly nine years.
  • The book, written by Salman Rushdie, who identifies himself as someone who can express his thoughts in written form and has post-modernist views, has provoked anger among some Muslims.
  • The reason was that the contents of the book were considered blasphemous. Many countries banned the book.
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Salman Rushdie attack

  • Exactly a year after the book was published, Iran’s then-senior cleric, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, called for Salman Rushdie’s death. He announced a reward of more than 3 million dollars for the killers of Salman Rushdie.
  • That move was also highly controversial during that period. At the same time, the violence that followed the publication of the book killed dozens of people, including some of its translators.
  • Khomeini’s fatwa has not been revoked and is still considered alive. The successive rulers who have come to power in Iran have remained aloof without making any comment on this issue.

Who is Salman Rushdie??

Salman Rushdie was born in India and has citizenship in Britain and America. He was given protection by the British police following death threats. Meanwhile, nothing happened to Rushdie until 2008, when the translator of his book in Japan was murdered in 1991.

In 2007, the British Queen honored Salman Rushdie with the title of “Knight Bachelor” for his services to literature. In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Times magazine published a list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. He was given thirteenth place in it.

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Salman Rushdie attack

In November 2010, he wrote a book called Luke and the Fire of Life.

In 2007, Salman Rushdie was scheduled to attend the Jaipur Literary Festival in Rajasthan, India. However, he abandoned his travel plans following the request of the state police as he was told that there was a threat in India.

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