Novelist Salman Rushdie stabbed, wounded on stage at New York occasion

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CHAUTAUQUA, New York: Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding after he was ordered killed by Iran in 1989 as a result of of his writing, was stabbed within the neck as he was about to provide a lecture in New York state on Friday (Aug 12), in accordance to police and an eyewitness.

A person rushed to the stage on the Chautauqua Establishment and attacked Rushdie as he was being launched to provide a speak on inventive freedom to an viewers of tons of, an eyewitness stated. A State Trooper current on the occasion took the attacker into custody, police stated.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated Rushdie was alive and “getting the care he wants”. Rushdie, 75, was taken by helicopter to a hospital however police stated his situation was not but identified.
Police didn’t give a motive for the assault and it was not clear what type of weapon was used.
The creator fell to the ground when the person attacked him, and was then surrounded by a small group of people that held up his legs, seemingly to ship extra blood to his higher physique, because the attacker was restrained, in line with a witness attending the lecture who requested to not be named.
Rushdie, who was born into an Indian Muslim household, has confronted loss of life threats for his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims stated contained blasphemous passages. The novel was banned in lots of international locations with massive Muslim populations upon its 1988 publication.
A 12 months later, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran’s supreme chief, pronounced a fatwa, or spiritual edict, calling upon Muslims to kill the novelist for blasphemy.
Rushdie went into hiding for a few years. The Iranian authorities stated in 1998 it will now not again the fatwa, and Rushdie has lived comparatively brazenly lately.
Iranian organizations, some affiliated with the federal government, have raised a bounty price thousands and thousands of {dollars} for Rushdie’s homicide. And Khomeini’s successor as Supreme Chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated as late as 2017 that the fatwa was nonetheless legitimate.
Rushdie revealed a memoir about his life below the fatwa referred to as Joseph Anton, the pseudonym he used whereas below police safety. His new novel Victory Metropolis is as a consequence of be revealed in February.
Rushdie was on the Chautauqua Establishment to participate in a dialogue concerning the United States serving as asylum for writers and artists in exile and “as a house for freedom of artistic expression”, in line with the establishment’s web site.
He turned an American citizen in 2016 and lives in New York Metropolis.
Rushdie has been a fierce critic of faith throughout the spectrum. He has been important of oppression and violence in his native India, together with below the federal government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the chief of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Social gathering.
The Wylie Company, which represents Rushdie, didn’t reply to a request for remark. Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
PEN America, an advocacy group for freedom of expression of which Rushdie is a former president, stated it was “reeling from shock and horror” on what it referred to as an unprecedented assault on a author in the USA.
“Salman Rushdie has been focused for his phrases for many years however has by no means flinched nor faltered,” Suzanne Nossel, PEN’s chief govt, stated within the assertion. Earlier within the morning, Rushdie had emailed her to assist with relocating Ukrainian writers in search of refuge, she stated.
US Senator Chuck Schumer of New York referred to as it “an assault on freedom of speech and thought”.