Author Salman Rushdie was assaulted in New York on a lecture platform.

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Title-- Author Salman Rushdie was assaulted in New York on a lecture platform.
Title-- Author Salman Rushdie was assaulted in New York on a lecture platform.

Salman Rushdie, the author of Indian origin who received warnings to kill him in Iran back in 1980, was beaten early on Friday in the city of New York by a man who entered the stage on which the author was scheduled to address, New York State Police said. Rushdie was taken into a hospital in the area via helicopter, suffering from stab wounds to the chest and neck according to police.

Police have identified Hadi Matar 24-year-old citizen who is from Fairview, New Jersey, as the suspect currently in custody. State Police Maj. Eugene Staniszewski stated during a press conference on Friday night that the incident’s purpose is still unknown.

The famous author, who is aged 75 was at an event in the Chautauqua Institution as an invited speaker when the incident took place. According to the police report, the suspect was a man who was on the stage and swarmed Rushdie as well as an interrogator shortly before 11 a.m. ET.

The suspect was arrested and Rushdie was taken to an area hospital. Rushdie’s agent claimed he’d gone through an operation and is placed on an air-conditioner Friday night with a damaged liver and broken muscles in his arms, and the possibility of losing an eye, as per the Associated Press.

Staniszewski added an interviewer named Henry Reese, who was admitted to an area hospital for a head injury minor and was released.

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Reese is co-creator of the City of Asylum, a residency program for writers living in exile. He was also performing on the stage alongside Rushdie during the attacks.

According to Michael Hill, president of the Chautauqua Institution, security needs for events are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

“I believe we take security measures extremely seriously,” he said at the news event.

The college said it was able to have a state trooper and sheriff’s officers present because of how significant this particular event was expected to be. Matar was a ticket holder to the event, just like other participants, Hill explained.

The experience we had at Chautauqua today, according to Hill, was unlike anything else in our 150-year existence. “We are called to fight against bigotry and some of the vile elements of modern human behavior.”

Rushdie was at the Chautauqua Institution in order to talk with Reese about how it is that the United States serves as an asylum for writers living in exile According to Chautauqua Institution’s page on events.

Rushdie has published 14 novels, among them the Satanic Verses which is one of his most popular novels that resulted in threats of death against the author by Iran’s president in 1989.

In addition to his role as an author, Rushdie has long championed the importance of freedom of expression. He was head of PEN America from 2004 to 2006, and later the director of PEN World Voices International Literary Festival for 10 years.

PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel spoke in the announcement that the organization was stunned to hear about the attack. Rushdie had contacted her in the hours prior to the attack to assist in locating writers from Ukraine who was seeking asylum.

“Salman Rushdie was targeted by the media for his remarks for a long time, yet he has never faltered or hesitated,” Nossel said. He has devoted his life to assisting those who are defenseless and afraid.

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