Salman Rushdie, an Indian-born writer, was stabbed while speaking on stage at an event in New York.
People all over the world were shocked, angry and proud of the man who was attacked. For more than 30 years he had received death threats and a $3 million bounty on his head because of “Satanic Verses”. He also spent 9 years in hiding under the protection of the British government.
Since the 1980s, Iranian Islamists have made numerous death threats against Rushdie. On August 11, a reporter saw Rushdie being confronted at the Chautauqua facility.
While Salman was at the conference in New York, he was attacked and stabbed in the neck. Ten to fifteen times the author had been punched and stabbed. After that, he was rushed to hospital by helicopter.
What happened to writer Salman Rushdie before his death?
On August 12, 2022, death threats were made against Salman Rushdie because of his book “The Satanic Verses”. At a conference in New York, he was attacked.
After the Satanic Verses author was stabbed multiple times and the crowd was forced to leave, those in attendance said it was a “very horrific event”. Others who followed Rushdie online said he looked like he had been badly stabbed and was bleeding.
After Mr Rushdie’s controversial book was published in 1988, Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khomeini called for the author’s death in a fatwa. The attack was stopped quickly.
Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty on Saturday to charges of attempted murder and assault related to what the prosecutor called “a targeted, unprovoked and planned attack” on the center of education and retirement nonprofit Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.
Rushdie’s health after being attacked with a knife and the facts about his death
Salman was stabbed as Rushdie prepared to give a talk in upstate New York on Saturday. On Sunday he was taken off a ventilator and able to speak again.
Wylie had previously said Rushdie, who is 75, had liver and nerve damage in one arm and an eye that had been cut out. Even though Rushdie’s condition improves, Constable Wylie warned that the author would take a long time to improve.
Salman’s condition is very bad. He has a damaged liver, a severed nerve in an arm and an eye that is likely to be lost.
Rushdie’s family thanked the police, the people who helped him in the hospital and everyone who showed him love and support during this scary time. In the same way, they thanked the brave spectators who came to his defense the day he was attacked.
Zafar Rushdie told his son: “Although his injuries will change the rest of his life, his usual fiery and provocative sense of humor is still there.”
What happened to Salman Rushdie? Details about his religion
His agent, Andrew Wylie, says Salman Rushdie is still in hospital with serious injuries but is “on the road to recovery”. On Saturday, the well-known author was removed from a breathing apparatus.
In the 1990s, Salman had to go into hiding for a few years, but his close friends say he has been living freely in New York for a few years.
Even though he is a famous author and a supporter of free speech, the author of “Satanic Verses” has been seen in public without any security.
Rushdie was born in India into a family of liberal Muslims, but now he no longer believes in God. The well-known author has been nominated seven times for the Booker Prize. In 1981, his book “Midnight’s Children” won the prize. Queen Elizabeth presented him with an award in 2007 for his literary work.