Indian Wife Held Hostage, Abused by Husband and In-Laws, in Florida

Indian Wife Held Hostage, Abused by Husband and In-Laws, in Florida

The law enforcement authorities in Florida received a call from the parents (in India) of an Indian woman Silky Gaind, 33, that she was being abused and held hostage by her husband Devbir Kalsi, 33, and her in-laws Jasbinder Kalsi, 67, and Bhupinder Kalsi 61.

Indian Wife Held Hostage, Abused by Husband and In-Laws
Indian Wife Held Hostage, Abused by Husband and In-Laws

The sequence of events:

  • Devbir’s parents Jasbinder Kalsi and Bhupinder Kalsi had gone from India to “counsel and discipline” their daughter-in-law Gaind, on their son Devbir’s
  • According to the arrest report, on the night of September 1, Devbir gets into an argument with his wife Gaind and ends up repeatedly beating her.
  • Gaind had become a mother just a few months ago. She tried to defend herself from Devbir’s onslaught; but his parents too, allegedly, joined Devbir and abused her physically.
  • Gaind was holding her infant girl. The infant was also hit in the face and put in a separate room.
  • Gaind receives bruises on her torso, neck and face.
  • Jasbinder (father-in-law) then threatens Gaind that he would stab her with a kitchen knife.
  • Devbir then takes away the phone from his wife Gaind and drags her into another room.
  • His parents, against the wishes of Gaind, lock her up in that room.
  • Somehow, Gaind manages to call her family in India who in turn call the Florida law enforcement authorities for assistance.
  • The Sheriff’s deputies reach the couple’s Riverview, Florida home early on September 2 and repeatedly knock at their door but receive no response.
  • Eventually, Gaind opens the door and screams for help – for her young child and her own self.
  • Devbir tries to push the door close, but the deputies manage to open it.
  • They try to arrest Devbir, but his parents resist the arrest.
    • Devbir now faces charges of false imprisonment, denying access to 911, child abuse and felony battery
    • His father Jasbinder faces charges of false imprisonment, denying access to 911, child abuse and aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon
    • His mother Bhupinder faces charges of domestic violence and the failure to report child abuse
  • The Deputies describe Gaind as being badly beaten with bruises over her entire body, and that the beatings have been going on for an “extended period of time”.
  • According to reports from the Sheriff’s office, Gaind and her one-year old daughter (found unharmed), have now been moved to a safe place.

 

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