Bangladesh cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife have been sued for torturing their 10-year-old domestic help, police have said. The victim, Mahfuza Akter Happy, 10, daughter of Arab Ali, of Jamalpur, was rescued at Pallabi in the capital on Sunday night with injuries in her body. She was now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The girl had injury marks in her face and other parts of her body, said DMCH police camp in-charge Mozammel Haque.
Kayumuzzaman Khan, deputy commissioner of Mirpur police, said Happy was beaten mercilessly and she managed to come out of Shahadat’s house on Sunday morning. A police team rescued Happy from a street at Pallabi on Sunday night.
A case was filed under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act with Mirpur police station that night, said Mirpur police officer-in-charge Bhuyan Mahbub Hossain.
The investigation officer of the case, Mirpur police inspector Shafiqur Rahman, told New Age that Shahadat, who resides at a house in Block-H, Section-2 of Mirpur, was hiding since Sunday night.
‘We have conducted several raids in plain clothes and in uniform at possible places, but Shahadat or his wife could not be traced,’ the IO said.
Shafiqur said Shahadat had filed a general diary on Sunday noon with the Mirpur police saying that his housemaid was missing. Police, however, refused to give the child under his custody.
He said Happy had escaped from Shahadat’s house to escape torture.
Shahadat was not available for comment.
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that BCB was ‘embarrassed’ with the matter.
‘We are embarrassed… It is unexpected from him [Shahadat],’ he told reporters at his office on Monday.
-With New Age input