Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a husband and his parents for allegedly holding his wife against her will and beating her for “disobedience” in their home in Riverview, Fla.
Devbir Kalsi, 33, and parents Jasbir and Bhupinder Kalsi (67 and 61, respectively) were arrested after Silky Gaind’s mother called police and asked them to check on her. Gaind and her 1-year-old-child are now safe. Police say Gaind was “badly beaten and bruised over her entire body” when they met her.
Gaind, according to the Tampa Bay Times, had recently told her mother in India about the alleged abuse; her mother then called Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office.
When deputies arrived at the house for a welfare check, an initial knock went unanswered. Eventually, Gaind opened the door and screamed for help. Kalsi allegedly tried to force the door closed before deputies could enter, but they overpowered and arrested him.
Also arrested were Kalsi’s parents, who police say flew to Florida from India for the express purpose of disciplining Gaind, who had grown “disobedient.”
Police say that just days before she was rescued, a fight between Gaind and the Kalsis ended in beatings from all three family members and a knife held to Gaind’s throat by her husband. Her husband or his family allegedly took her cell phone away to prevent her from calling 911.
Devbir Kalsi is charged with felony battery, false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911; Bhupinder Kalsi is charged with battery domestic violence and failure to report child abuse; and Jasbir Kalsi is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911.
If convicted, all three — who are foreign nationals — could be deported.