Salman Rushdie on ventilator, likely to lose an eye; suspect charged with attempted murder

Updated: Aug 13 2022 10:27PM

Salman Rushdie on ventilator, likely to lose an eye; suspect charged with attempted murder

New York, Aug 13 (PTI) Salman Rushdie was on a ventilator with damaged liver and may lose an eye after the Mumbai-born controversial author was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man who apparently sympathised with Shia extremism and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing "The Satanic Verses", was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident identified as Hadi Matar, a US national of Lebanese origin, on stage on Friday while he was being introduced at a literary event of the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.

"The news is not good," the 75-year-old writer's agent, Andrew Wylie said about Rushdie's critical health condtion, sending shockwaves across the literary world which condemned the incident as an attack on freedom of expression.