New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) supported the cancellation of Booker prize winner Salman Rushdie's video link at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Tuesday, saying Rushdie had hurt religious sentiments in his book 'The Satanic Verses'.
While the organisers said that the freedom of expression had become a casualty due to the cancellation of the link, AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqi said that Rushdie had abused the freedom of speech. "He has abused the freedom of speech by what he has written in 'The Satanic Verses'. He has hurt religious sentiments," Farooqi said.
Rushdie's live video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival was cancelled following protests by Jaipur-based Milli Council. Farooqi said that protesting was one's fundamental right.
"Salman Rushdie has no remorse for what he has written. He is trying to become a hero. It is not a question of Hindu or Muslim, it is a matter of religious sentiments," Farooqi added.