Salman Rushdie stabbed onstage at NY event, flown to hospital

New York, Aug 12 (IANS): Controversial author Salman Rushdie, whose fourth book 'The Satanic Verses' brought him to notoriety in 1988 and led to death threats against him for blasphemy, was stabbed while participating in an event in New York state, media reports said.

He was flown to a hospital after purportedly being stabbed in the neck, according to a New York State Police statement, the BBC reported, but there was no update on his health condition.

India-born Rushdie, 75, was speaking at an event of the Chautauqua Institution when a man ran onto the stage and appeared to have punched or stabbed him and his interlocutor, the BBC reported citing eyewitnesses.

According to reports, amid gasps of horror from the audience, a few people ran onstage and managed to restrain the assailant, while others rushed to the aid of the author who had collapsed on the stage.

The assailant has been arrested.

"A State Trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene," the police said.




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  • Anil, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 13 2022

    Shocking!!!! How come the OIC is quiet ??? They should come out with a statement saying that they don’t support such attacks!!!!

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Sat, Aug 13 2022

    It is an intriguing matter to be soul searched by all in humanity... Free speech must not be limited to politics alone... Constructive criticism should be allowed in religious topics too... All other religions except one are party for constructive criticism and satire related to it.... More horrifying is the way a 24 year old performed the very act of cruelty... I thought younger generations will be able to tower above the myths of religions....

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  • Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 13 2022

    If you thought...then you are wrong. How much ever you educate them naayi baala donku.

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  • Anand A, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 13 2022

    Liberal topic, controversial speaker, no security. New Yorkers can be dumb.

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  • aithappa moolya, udupi

    Sat, Aug 13 2022

    desert cult is always a menace all over the world...........fanatic to the core..............neither they live nor they allow others to live..curse on the earth.....

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  • Kavi, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 13 2022

    Question is what has to be banned the cult or the book

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  • Avi, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 13 2022

    Systematic targeted and elimination round is on for generations by the peaceful cult of medieval that has grown and brain washed. When elimination is done then they show that there is no fault in them but others and show others what a peaceful bunch of people they are.

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  • Nithin, Bangalore/SA

    Sat, Aug 13 2022

    Religipn of peace...wonder what muslim countries got to say for this act.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    For 35 long years he was given protection by the UK government, and though there were many attempts on his life none were successful, but now eventually someone managed to get him. There is no forgiveness here, and anyone who offends them will be dealt with no matter how long they will have to wait to get revenge.

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