Dhaka – A Dhaka court on Sunday acquitted national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Jesmin Jahan from a case filed in connection with torture of a domestic help in 2014, officials said.
Judge Tanzina Ismail of women and children repression prevention tribunal passed the order at a crowded courtroom.
Hossain and Jahan were accused of torturing a minor girl, Happy, who used to work as a domestic help, at their home in Dhaka’s Mirpur neighbourhood.
The court accepted the charges against the couple in February this year as police initially found substantial evidence related to the case. The charge-sheet was submitted in December last year.
On completion of the argument from both prosecution and defence, the Judge of the Fifth Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression fixed the date for verdict on November 6.
The couple remained in bail throughout the trial process.
The case came to light in September 2015 after a passerby took the 11-year-old maid to police in Mirpur. The girl accused the cricketer and his wife of regularly torturing her, according to investigators.
The cricketer, who last played for Bangladesh in May, was suspended from the national team by the national cricket board after the allegations surfaced.
Underage boys and girls from poor families are often engaged as domestic help to well-off families in Bangladesh.
On October 27, Shahadat and his wife pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after the court read out the charges to them.
Police on October 4, 2015 arrested Shahadat’s wife in the capital’s Malibagh area. Shahadat surrendered before the court on the following day.