Salman Rushdie attacker awarded by Iranian foundation for his ’brave action’

  • The Satanic Verses author was attacked by a 24-year-old Shi'ite Muslim American from New Jersey on the stage of a literary event held near Lake Erie in western New York in August.

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Updated21 Feb 2023, 03:46 PM IST
Image tweeted by Salman Rushdie
Image tweeted by Salman Rushdie

Author Salman Rushie's attacker was awarded by an Iranian foundation for his act of ‘bravery’ which left the renowned author blinded in one eye. The foundation has also stated that they will award the attacker 1,000 square metres of agricultural land, according to state TV. 

The Satanic Verses author was attacked by a 24-year-old Shi'ite Muslim American from New Jersey on the stage of a literary event held near Lake Erie in western New York in August.

"We sincerely thank the brave action of the young American who made Muslims happy by blinding one of Rushdie's eyes and disabling one of his hands," said Mohammad Esmail Zarei, secretary of the Foundation to Implement Imam Khomeini's Fatwas, reported Reuters

"Rushdie is now no more than living dead and to honour this brave action, about 1,000 square metres of agricultural land will be donated to the person or any of his legal representatives," Zarei added.

Rushdie came under the scanner when 33 years ago Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had issued a Fatwa , or religious edict, calling on Muslims to assassinate Rushdie a few months after "The Satanic Verses" was published.

Some Muslims saw passages in the novel about the Prophet Muhammad as blasphemous.

Rushdie, who was born in India to a Muslim Kashmiri family, has lived with a bounty on his head, and spent nine years in hiding under British police protection.

While Iran's pro-reform government of President Mohammad Khatami distanced itself from the fatwa in the late 1990s, the multimillion-dollar bounty hanging over Rushdie's head kept growing and the fatwa was never lifted.

Khomeini's successor, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was suspended from Twitter in 2019 for saying the fatwa against Rushdie was "irrevocable."

The man accused of attacking the novelist has pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and assault charges.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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First Published:21 Feb 2023, 03:46 PM IST
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