The Indian pace bowler Mohammad Shami and his brother have been charged by Kolkata police with IPC sections related to rape, domestic violence and causing hurt with poison after a complaint by the cricketer’s wife Hasin Jahan. The sections charged against the 27-year-old cricketer include 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (domestic violence), 506 (criminal intimidation), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 34 (acts by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 376 (rape), who started his career in November 2013.
“My husband’s elder brother, Hasib Ahmad, raped me when I went to my in-law’s place in Uttar Pradesh last year,” Jahan said on Friday morning. Talking about the invoked sections, several sections are non-bailable and carry prison terms of 10 years or more. The Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and joint commissioner (crime) Praveen Kumar Tripathi did not revert to calls and text messages. Hasin Jahan’s lawyer Zakir Hossain said that “I have been informed by Kolkata Police officers over the phone that they have slapped non-bailable sections against Shami and starting a case against him”.
The couple got married on April 7, 2014, about two years following they met at a party of Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012. They also have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. On Friday noon, Jahan said that she was yet to be called by the police for the recording of her statement. The 27-year-old cricketer’s contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was put on hold following Jahan’s allegations against Shami raised on Tuesday. “What is being said about my personal life is completely false. It’s definitely part of a big conspiracy against me. This is just an attempt to defame me,” Shami tweeted on Wednesday from Dharamshala where he was playing the Deodhar Trophy which ended on Thursday.
Jahan and her lawyer Zakir Hossain met police commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Wednesday and filed the complaint against the cricketer. Jahan claimed that her parents and brother have declined to support her in her fight against her husband. “He has affairs with multiple women. Many are from other parts of India while some are residents of Pakistan and countries in Europe. He used to spend time with them in different hotels while on tour. He used to chat with them using video apps,” Jahan alleged on Wednesday.