International cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife are going to face trial for torturing a child maid, a top Bangladesh Court official said. Allegedly, the couple tortured the 11-year-old girl who worked for them as a maid.
The 29-year-old cricketer and his wife, Jesmine Jahan Nrittya might face up to 14 years imprisonment which means his cricket career is in jeopardy, reported The Tribune. Public prosecutor of the court Ali Asgar Swapan said, “If proved guilty, the couple may face sentence to jail maximum for 14 years.”
An official of the Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal said, “The judge set March 22 for beginning the trial hearing.”
Hossain and his wife are now free on bail and presented in a courtroom in Dhaka. The judge, Tanzina Ismail announced the charges against them in the court. The hearing took place on Monday in a special court which handles cases of violence against children and women, stated CNN.
The jude asked them whether they confess to their crime, on which the couple claimed innocence.
Hossain had lodged a complaint with the capital’s Mirpur police station stating that his child maid went missing on September, 2015. Later, a journalist found the girl near his house and brought her to the police station. The girl complained to the police that she was regularly tortured by the couple while she worked for them. She had several injury marks on her body.
The child maid, Mahfuza Akhter told CNN, “I was in a lot of pain.”While I was walking on the road, people were staring at me. I covered my eye because it was bruised and it was hurting.”
Hossain was already been suspended by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on September 23 following the registration of a case under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.