Salman Rushdie fatwa turned into video game

Updated: Jul 03, 2012, 08:52 AM IST

New Delhi: Indian-origin British author Salman Rushdie has now become the subject of an Iranian computer game, which aims to educate the younger generation about the ‘sin’ committed by him.

The bizarre game, named ‘Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict’, is being developed by the Islamic Association of Students, a government-sponsored organization.

The organisation has announced this week that it had completed the initial phases of production.

Three years ago, the student association and Iran’s National Foundation of Computer Games asked students across the country to submit scripts for the game and the top three were handed over to video developers, The Guardian reports.

Rushdie, who was slammed for writing The Satanic Verses, was the target of a notorious Fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran, 23 years ago.

According to the paper, little has been revealed about the game, but its title suggests players will be asked to implement Khomeini’s call for assassinating Rushdie.

The director of the students association, Ahmad Khalili, told state-run media that the production of the game was under way despite technical difficulties.
“We usually don’t have any problems with initial thoughts and ideas [for a computer games] but when it comes to the actual point of production, we experience delays,” he said.