Salman Rushdie Health Update: Padma Lakshmi, the ex-wife of famous writer Salman Rushdie, who was injured in the deadly attack, and Rushdie’s agent said on Sunday that her condition was better and her health was improving. In fact, controversial writer Rushdie faced death threats from Islamic extremists for years after writing “The Satanic Verses”. He was stabbed to death by Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey at an event in western New York state. The US administration has described the incident as a “targeted, unprovoked and premeditated” attack.
Rushdie’s wife Padma Lakshmi tweeted the relief news, ‘Worries have eased, Salman Rushdie is recovering from Friday’s nightmare. Worried, can’t find words, but now can breathe a sigh of relief. I wish him a speedy recovery. On the other hand, according to the New York Times report, Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wiley said, his health is improving. It will take time to recover. The injury is serious, but his health is improving. Michael Hill, president of the Chautauqua Institution, tweeted on Saturday night, ‘Salman Rushdie is no longer on ventilator and is talking. Everyone is praying.
relieved @SalmanRushdie is pulling through after Friday’s nightmare. Worried and wordless, can finally exhale. Now hoping for swift healing.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) August 14, 2022
What about the murderer Matar?
Rushdie (75) was put on a ventilator after being stabbed. Earlier on Saturday, during his appearance in court, Matar did not confess to the charge of attempt to murder and was denied bail. Matar has been charged with attempted murder, but has not admitted the charges. Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Smith reported Rushdie’s injuries in court. The author suffered three stab wounds to the right side of his neck, four stab wounds to the abdomen, wounds to his right eye and chest, and wounds to his right thigh. Matar could face up to 32 years in prison if convicted of these charges. There may be a prison sentence.
What did US President Joe Biden say?
US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday that he and First Lady Jill Biden were “shocked and saddened” to learn of the “malicious” attack on the author. Biden said, “Salman Rushdie is known for his deep understanding of humanity, his unmatched art of storytelling, boldness, standing up for what is needed and universal ideals.” They have the power to share their thoughts without fear.
These qualities are the foundation of any free and open society. Today we reaffirm our commitment to American values by expressing solidarity with Rushdie and all who stand up for freedom of expression. USA President Joe Biden said that ‘we are praying with all Americans and people around the world for his recovery. I am grateful to the first aid workers and the brave people who swung into action to help Rushdie and control the attacker.”
What did the UN Secretary General say?
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “shocked” to learn of the attack on Rushdie. “The Secretary-General is shocked to learn of the attack on noted novelist Salman Rushdie,” his spokesman said in a statement on Friday. Violence in any form is not an answer to words spoken or written.
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