Police in Scotland are investigating dying threats made in opposition to Harry Potter creator JK Rowling over her help for novelist Salman Rushdie who was stabbed on Friday, authorities mentioned.
Reacting to the assault, Rowling tweeted “Horrifying information. Feeling very sick proper now. Let him be OK.”
One person wrote in response “don’t fear you’re subsequent.” Rowling shared the message and the account was suspended and the submit deleted.
The Harry Potter writer reassured her followers, thanking them for his or her help, saying that “police are concerned (had been already concerned on different threats).”
“Now we have obtained a report of an internet menace being made and officers are finishing up enquiries,” a police spokeswoman mentioned.
Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born British-American author was stabbed on Friday in New York State as he was making ready to present a lecture. A potential motive for the assault is his 1988 novel ‘The Satanic Verses’, which was condemned by some Muslims for its allegedly blasphemous references to Islam and its holy e book, the Koran. In 1989, Iran’s supreme chief, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s dying, and whereas Iran formally retracted this edict, an Iranian non secular basis positioned a $3.3 million bounty on the author’s head in 2012.
The suspect within the stabbing is Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old resident of New Jersey. In response to preliminary findings, Matar was “sympathetic to Shia extremism and Iran.”
In response to Rushdie’s household, the writer is now recovering from his accidents in hospital and has been taken off a ventilator. Rushdie is being handled for accidents together with three stab wounds to his neck, 4 stab wounds to his abdomen, and wounds to his proper eye and chest. Because of this, the novelist could lose his proper eye.
JK Rowling was not the one distinguished public determine to sentence the assault and provide help to Salman Rushdie. French President Emmanuel Macron and outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson blasted the stabbing, whereas Stephen King, one other famed writer, expressed hope that Rushdie is OK. Amongst others, who despatched messages of help, had been Neil Gaiman, an English author, in addition to Ian McEwan and Arundhati Roy, each Booker Prize-winning authors.
Prior to now, Rowling has been criticized for her stance on transgender folks. She, particularly, spoke out in opposition to the usage of the phrase “individuals who menstruate” instead of the phrase “girls.” This didn’t sit nicely with transgender rights activists, who posted a photograph of her Edinburgh dwelling on Twitter earlier this 12 months. On the time police refused to take motion in opposition to the alleged “doxxing,” saying that no criminality was established.
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