Pacer Mohammed Shami charged in alleged dowry, harassment case

Kolkata Police files chargesheet against Indian pacer Mohammed Shami for dowry and sexual harassment

He has been charged under IPC 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harrasment). However, in some temporary relief to the cricketer, the police dropped the more serious charges that were registered in the FIR including sections 307 (attempt to murder), and 376 (punishment for rape) besides criminal intimidation.

Shami's wife Hasin Jahan had accused the cricketer of sexual offenses and domestic violence in March previous year after exposing his alleged extra-marital affair in public.

Shami, who is expected to lead India's pace attack in the upcoming cricket World Cup in England and Wales, has been locked in a protracted legal battle with Hasin Jahan since March 2018.

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On March 8, Hasin Jahan had lodged a formal police case against Shami and his brother at the Kolkata police headquarters in Lal Bazaar. He was also sidelined from the majority of the matches by the Delhi franchise from the Indian Premier League (IPL). An internal investigation was conducted by BCCI on match-fixing accusations but Shami was given a clean chit. Shami has been given a Grade A contract (Rs 5 lakh) in the latest central contracts list of BCCI. In her complaint, she had accused Shami of torture, physical abuse and mental harassment.

She also accused Shami's family of domestic violence and on April 10, filed a domestic violence case against Shami and others in Kolkata's Alipore Court and also sought maintenance from her husband. Shami was recently a key part of the Indian team that took on Australia in the just-concluded ODI series that India lost 2-3.

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