Salman Rushdie is placed on life support after being stabbed in the United States

Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie was placed on life support after being stabbed on Friday August 12 in the United States.

Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie, the target of death threats since the publication of ‘Satanic Verses’ in 1988, was placed on life support after being stabbed in the neck on Friday as he prepared to take part in a conference in New York State, USA, his agent said.

“Salman should probably lose an eye”

“The news is not good. Salman is expected to lose an eye, the nerves in his arm have been severed, and his liver has been hit and damaged,” Andrew Wylie said in a statement.

The author was attacked on Friday by a man who rushed to the stage of the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, while the writer was about to participate in a debate dedicated to to creative freedom. Rushdie, who is 75, collapsed to the ground and was immediately surrounded by a small group of people who tried to help him. He was later transferred to a hospital by helicopter.

Salman Rushdie was airlifted to hospital.
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Attacker arrested and taken into custody

The perpetrator, whose motive is not yet known, was arrested and taken into custody. Police said it was a 24-year-old man from New Jersey, whom they identified as Hadi Matar and who they said they believed acted alone.

On February 14, 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini, Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution, issued a fatwa (religious decree) calling on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie for his writings, forcing the British author to live in hiding. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan called the incident “appalling”.

Reactions on Twitter

“We are grateful to the citizens and emergency services who rescued him so quickly,” Jake Sullivan wrote on Twitter.

The attack on Salman Rushdie is appalling. We’re all praying for his speedy recovery. And we’re thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping him so swiftly.

— Jake Sullivan (@JakeSullivan46) August 13, 2022

“For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism,” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter.

For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism. Hate and barbarism have just struck him, cowardly. His fight is ours, universal. Today, more than ever, we are at his side.

—Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 12, 2022

“His fight is ours, universal. Today, more than ever, we are by his side.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed dismay after the attack, saying Salman Rushdie had been “stabbed while exercising a right that we should never stop defending.”

Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabilized while exercising a right we should never cease to defend.

Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We are all hoping he is okay.

—Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 12, 2022

Salman Rushdie has lived in New York for 20 years and obtained American citizenship in 2016. His next novel is due out in February.

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