BENGALURU: Renowned author JK Rowling has received a death threat over a tweet condemning the stabbing of Salman Rushdie. The ‘Harry Potter’ author took to Twitter and shared screenshots of the threat from a user.
Rushdie was stabbed in New York on Friday by a fanatic when he was about to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution.
His stabbing elicited massive condemnation and a public outcry, with a host of world leaders expressing their shock and dismay.
The 57-year-old Rowling had also reacted to his stabbing with a tweet saying she felt very sick and hoped the novelist would be ok. In response, a user wrote: “Don’t worry. You are next.”
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 13, 2022
The user who issued the death threat also praised Hadi Matar, the perpetrator from New Jersey who stabbed Rusdhie multiple times. Matar has been charged with attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree. The police are trying to find the motive behind the attack.
“The name of this man is Hadi Matar. He is a revolutionary Shia fighter and followed the fatwa of late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,” the user wrote in another tweet.
The illustrious author thanked her supporters for throwing their weight behind her and updated them that the police were investigating the issue. “To all sending supportive messages: thank you. Police are involved (were already involved on other threats),” she wrote.
Rushdie has been the target of ire of a section of Muslim fanatics ever since he wrote the book ‘The Satanic Verses’ in the 1980s.