Indian-British novelist Salman Rushdie was stabbed at the Chautauqua Institution in New York City on Friday morning before giving a lecture. His stabbing attack was denounced by writers across the globe and world leaders like US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Rushdie's stabber was arrested at the scene and identified as Lebanese-American Hadi Matar. The motivations behind the attack are still unknown but people suggest its due to the writer's controversial novel 'The Satanic Verses'.
This novel was released in 1988 and stirred debate worldwide as Iran's leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a Fatwa calling for his death along with much protests across Tehran where demonstrators held banners that read 'Kill Salman Rushdie'.