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Cricketer Shahadat, wife acquitted of child torture charges

A Dhaka court has acquitted former national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Jesmine Jahan Nitto in a case filed for torturing their minor domestic help.

Dhaka’s Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-5 judge Tanzila Ismail passed the verdict on Sunday in presence of the couple.

Earlier, Shahadat secured bail from the High Court on December 8 citing health issues, while Nitto was granted bail on December 1 as she has a nursing baby.

Earlier on October 4, police arrested Nitto in the capital's Malibagh area and the next day the fast bowler surrendered to the court.

On September last year, the cricketer filed a police complaint claiming his house help had gone missing.

But several hours later, the 11-year-old girl surfaced to accuse the cricketer and his wife of regular torture.

Police said one Khandkar Mozzamel Haque found the girl at Mirpur and took her to the local police. Later, he filed the case.

After the incident, on September 13, pacer Shahadat was temporally suspended by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

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