Durban writer Zainub Priya Dala believes she was assaulted for expressing admiration for controversial novelist Salman Rushdie, her publisher said: Mail & Guardian
“Author ZP Dala… was assaulted in Overport, Durban, on Wednesday,” Umuzi publishers, the South African imprint of Penguin Random House publishers, said in a statement.
Dala was due to launch her first novel this week, but the event was cancelled following the attack. The attack came after a session in which she expressed her admiration for Rushdie’s writing style in Chatsworth on Tuesday.
A number of teachers and pupils walked out after she made the remark. On Wednesday, Dala’s vehicle was forced off the road by three men in a car. Two of the men accosted her, held a knife to her throat and hit her in the face with a brick while calling her “Rushdie’s bitch”.