Dhaka - Bangladesh police said on Monday they are seeking to arrest national
cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife for allegedly beating their
11-year-old maid who works in their home.
Police raided the house
of the pace bowler and his wife Nritto Shahadat on Sunday night after
officers found the injured and crying maid on a street in the capital
"She had injury marks on her eyes and some other parts of
the body. She was crying when we rescued her," police inspector Anwar
"She told us that she was working as a maid in
cricketer Shahadat's house and alleged that he and his wife tortured
her," he said.
The maid, Mahfuza Akter Happy, who appeared to have
a swollen black eye, alleged to private television Channel 24 on Sunday
night that the couple beat her.
Police have sent the girl to a
Dhaka hospital for treatment and filed a case against the couple
accusing them of child repression, local police officer Tanvir, who uses
one name, said.
"We raided the house of Shahadat on Sunday night
but did not find them. This morning we continued our efforts to arrest
the couple," Tanvir said.
Shahadat, who played 38 Tests and 51
one-day internationals for Bangladesh, missed out on the recent series
against India and South Africa after twisting his ankle during a Test
match against Pakistan in May.
Abuse of domestic servants is widespread across South Asia.