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Is Yasir Shah Innocent in Sexual Assault Scandal?

Pakistan Test cricketer Yasir Shah has been declared innocent in a rape case filed against him in December 2021. According to the reports, the victim retracted her previous statement and asked the police to remove his name from the FIR (First Investigation Report). The police said that the girl admitted that including the cricketer’s name in the case was a “misrepresentation”, and he had nothing to do with it.

Yasir Shah Facing Criticism on Social Media

The case against Yasir Shah for aiding and abetting a sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl resulted in severe backlash. Many responded with anger and called for his removal from the national team. However, now cricket fans have been shocked, wondering how his name ended up in the case if he wasn’t involved in the first place. They also questioned who was responsible for the media trial of the cricketer while his involvement was still under investigation.

Previous Statement by the Victim

The victim stated in FIR that Yasir’s friend Farhan sexually assaulted her, made her video, and harassed her. She further alleged that when she approached Yasir on WhatsApp and told him about Farhan’s crime, he made fun of her and said he liked underage girls. FIR also included that the cricketer threatened her with “dire consequences” if she told the authorities about the incident. It added that Shah said he was a very influential person who knew a high ranking official. The statement also mentioned that Shah proposed buying the victim a flat and bearing her expenses till she turned 18, and then he would get Farhan to marry her.

The case against Farhan still stands under sections 292-B and 292-C (child pornography) and section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Response by the Cricketer

Yasir Shah told the media that this case brought him immense pain, shame and disturbed his cricket activities. He thanked God that everything was clear now and could focus on cricket. He also announced on Twitter to file a defamation case against those who tried to implicate him in the sexual assault case.

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