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.
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.