Local police are investigating a threat against ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling after she posted her reaction to the Salaman Rushide attack on social media. Mr. Rushdie, author of “Satanic Verses”, was put in critical condition after an attack on him in New York.
“We have received a report of an online threat and officers are investigating,” the Scottish Police spokesman said on Sunday.
The threat against Rowling came after she posted ‘feeling very ill right now. May he be well’, in reference to Rushdie being stabbed while giving a talk in North America. New York State by a young Lebanese-American man. A Twitter user replied to her message: “Don’t worry, you’re next.” She shared the screenshots of this threat and asked on tweet “any chance of support?” and later added “Police are involved”.
The Twitter account sending the threatening message, which was deleted on Sunday morning, is believed to have been created from Pakistan. The same account also posted posts praising the man who attacked Rushdie. Rowling also slammed Twitter for not taking action against this account, saying “Twitter says the account that left the threatening message isn’t breaking any rules after I reported it to them.”
According to media outlets including CNN, Rushdie is now recovering. “He was taken off the ventilator and is recovering,” said Andrew Wily, Mr Rushdie’s agent. “The injury is serious so it will take time but he is on the right track.” Zafar Rushdie, son of Mr Rushdie, tweeted about his father’s condition: ‘Although his life-changing injuries are severe, his usual fiery and defiant sense of humor remains intact.’
For 34 years, Salman Rushdie received constant murder threats after Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his death following the publication of his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. on the grounds that the book portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as weak.
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