Salman Rushdie: Author Is Unable to Speak and Is Using a Ventilator, Agent Says.
In the news about the latest celebrity news updates, After being stabbed on stage in the US, Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator and unable to talk, according to his agency. Read the full article to know more about this news.
According to Andrew Wylie, the 75-year-old novelist might lose one eye as a result of the attack at a gathering in New York state. In 1988, Mr. Rushdie fled to the UK under police protection after Iran’s supreme leader ordered his assassination over his book The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims considered blasphemous.
Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old suspect from Fairview, New Jersey, was detained by police. At the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, the suspect, according to the New York State Police, went onto the stage and attacked Mr. Rushdie and an interviewer.
Authorities reported that Mr. Salman Rushdie had at least one stab wound to his neck and one to his belly.
Helicopter transport brought him to a medical facility in Erie, Pennsylvania. The nerves in Salman’s arm were severed, his liver was pierced, and he most likely would lose one eye, according to his representative.
Police are in the midst of obtaining search warrants to examine a rucksack and electronic gadgets recovered at the centre, but they have not yet confirmed a motive or filed any charges. Henry Reese, the interviewer who was accompanying Mr. Rushdie, was transferred to a nearby hospital after sustaining a minor head injury.
The non-profit organization Mr. Reese co-founded offers refuge to writers who have been banished due to persecution.
After Mr. Rushdie was held, the attacker continued to try to attack him, according to Linda Abrams, a bystander from the city of Buffalo, who spoke to The New York Times. According to Ms. Abrams, “It took like five men to drag him away and he was still stabbing.”
“Simply Put, He was outraged. Like simply swift and extremely strong.”
Indian-born Mr. Rushdie’s 1981 novel Midnight’s Children, which went on to sell over a million copies in the UK alone, launched him to prominence.
However, The Satanic Verses, his fourth book, which came out in 1988, sent him into hiding for almost ten years.
The surrealist, the post-modern book provoked indignation among some Muslims because they believed its content to be blasphemous, which is an affront to religion or god, and it was outlawed in several nations.
Anti-Rushdie riots claimed the lives of a number of people in India, and the British embassy in Tehran, the country’s capital, was stoned. A few months later, an Italian translator was also stabbed and the book’s Norwegian publisher, William Nygaard, was shot, but both men survived. In 1991, a Japanese translator of the book was fatally stabbed.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini demanded Mr. Rushdie’s execution a year after the publication of the book. In a fatwa, a court order issued by an Islamic religious leader, he promised a $3 million (£2.5 million) prize.
Although Iran’s government has distanced itself from Khomeini’s proclamation, the bounty on Mr. Rushdie’s head is still ongoing, and in 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious group increased the amount by $500,000 more.
The Iranian administration has not responded to Mr. Rushdie’s stabbing. In its coverage, Iranian media referred to Mr. Rushdie as an apostate—someone who has rejected or renounced his faith.
Born to non-practicing Muslims and an atheist, the British-American citizen has been an outspoken supporter of free speech, defending his work on numerous occasions.
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