Kolkata - Police
on Friday charged Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami after his wife
filed a formal complaint alleging assault, domestic violence and
Shami's wife Hasin Jahan, a former model, filed a written complaint
with the police in Kolkata just days after going public with claims that
Shami had affairs with other women.
The controversy has already cost Shami as India's cricket board has
put the 27-year-old bowler's annual contract with the national team on
hold while an investigation is conducted.
"Police have charged Indian pacer Mohammad Shami and his brother with
sections related to rape, domestic violence and causing hurt with
poisoning after Jahan's complaint," Kolkata police joint commissioner
Praveen Tripathi told AFP.
"She has specifically complained about being tortured by her husband
and in-laws, and about her husband having multiple extra-marital
affairs," Tripathi added.
Jahan made headlines by making public on Tuesday a series of messages
Shami allegedly sent to women during their four-year marriage.
"I managed to access the security code in his phone and saw (the)
chats last night. I was shocked and could not sleep," she said.
"He tortured me physically and mentally over and over again. Shami
assaulted me after returning from the South Africa tour," Jahan told
journalists on Friday.
Shami has dismissed the accusations of infidelity as a campaign to defame him.
"What is being said about my personal life is completely false," he wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
"It's definitely a part of a big conspiracy against me. This is just an attempt to defame me."
The Board of Control for Cricket in India dropped Shami from a list
of contracted players unveiled Wednesday, which saw skipper Virat Kohli
and other top Test players awarded salaries just above $1 million.
A supervisory committee overseeing BCCI affairs said the allegations
against Shami put them in a difficult position and that his contract was
on hold pending review.