Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen said that if Salman Rushdie, who was living in protection in the US, could be attacked, then anyone critical of Islam could meet the same fate.
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen (Photo: Facebook/Taslima Nasrin)
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Friday condemned the attack on author Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed while he was about to deliver a lecture in western New York.
Taking to Twitter, Nasreen said that she was “shocked” and said that if Rushdie was attacked, then anyone who was critical of Islam could be attacked.
I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) August 12, 2022
Rushdie, 75, was apparently stabbed in the neck as he was being introduced on stage. Video footage from the event showed people rushing to Rushdie’s aid after he was stabbed by a man.
“Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known. The interviewer suffered a minor head injury. A state trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody,” the New York Police said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the suspected assailant has been reportedly taken into custody.
Hundreds of people who gathered at the Chautauqua institute were evacuated following the attack on Rushdie.
Salman Rushdie rose to prominence with his Booker Prize-winning 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children,” but his name became known around the world after The Satanic Verses. The book has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous.
Later, Iran’s late leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.
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