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Bangladesh cricketer Shahadat Hossain charged with torturing 11-year-old girl

Investigators have indicted Bangladeshi cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife for torturing an underage maid.

Police officer Jahangir Hossain on Tuesday said investigators had submitted an indictment to a magistrate court setting January 12 for a hearing on whether to take the case to trial.

In hot water: Shahadat Hossain of Bangladesh.
In hot water: Shahadat Hossain of Bangladesh. Photo: Getty Images

The case came to light after Khandkar Mozzamel Haque, a passerby, found the 11-year-old girl on September 6 on the streets of Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood and took her to the local police.

The girl, who used to work as a domestic help at Hossain's home, accused the cricketer and his wife of regularly torturing her, said investigating officer Shafiqur Rahman.

Police on October 4 arrested Jesmin Jahan, Hossain's wife, after Haque lodged a case with police under the Women and Children Repression (Prevention) Act.

Hossain, who absconded after the initial accusations, surrendered to the court the following day and was initially remanded in custody.

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He was later granted bail until March 31.

If convicted the cricketer and his wife could face a maximum 14 years imprisonment as well as financial penalties.

Hossain, who last played for Bangladesh in May against Pakistan, was also suspended from the national team by the Bangladesh Cricket Board after the allegation surfaced.

Underage boys and girls from poor families are often engaged as domestic help to well-off families in Bangladesh.

DPA 

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