An Iranian religious foundation has raised its reward for killing British writer Salman Rushdie to $3.3 million (Re. 17.49 Crore). It comes amidst a wave of riots that has swept across globally after the release of the short film 'Innocence of Muslims', although the novelist has nothing to do with this movie. Incidentally, Google has banned access to the short film on its servers as well those of its affiliates like YouTube. This has been done keeping in view the inflammatory potential of the movie.
Rushdie was condemned to death in 1989 by Iran's late religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini, over his novel 'The Satanic Verses'. He had dubbed the novel as blasphemous and issued a fatwa (religious edict) calling for Rushdie's death. The initial bounty for the writer's head was $1 million but has multiplied several times since. Ever since the threat, he has been in hiding and has rarely appeared in public.