A man and his parents, all citizens of India, were arrested Saturday in Riverview, Florida, after local police received a phone call from India, notifying them that the man’s wife was being beaten and held against her will.
Hillsborough County sheriff deputies rescued Silky Gaind, 33, and her 1-year-old daughter from a “house of horrors,” where she was found “badly beaten and bruised over her entire body,” on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Gaind had managed to call her parents in India on Saturday to tell them that her husband and his parents were beating her. Gaind’s parents, in turn, called the local police.
When the sheriff’s deputies first arrived at the home at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, no one came to the door, although deputies knew people were inside the house. Finally, Gaind herself tried to open the door and screamed for authorities to save her and her baby.
The woman’s husband, Devbir Kalsi, 33, had reportedly asked his parents, Jasbir, 67, and Bhupinder Kalsi, 61, to come from India to help him “counsel and discipline” his wife.
The arrest report details a beating that took place Friday night, when Kalsi and his parents “repeatedly and forcefully” hit Gaind on her face, neck, and torso. Her father-in-law even threatened to stab her with a kitchen knife. Gaind was ultimately dragged into a separate room and locked inside.
Devbir and his parents were all arrested and are being held in Hillsborough County Jail, and each must surrender his or her passport. They are also facing possible deportation. The sheriff’s office said Gaind and her baby have been moved to a safe location.
Gaind told a judge when she appeared in court late Saturday: “I am so scared. Last night, he was telling me he would kill me if I called the police. He told me it would take ten minutes for police to come … he would kill me then kill himself.”
She said the abuse had been going on for four years, but she never reported it because she wanted to “work on the relationship.” Finally, she realized that, if she did not get help, her very life would be in danger.
“He (Devbir) stopped me from calling the police, and he grabbed the keys. I tried to run out and his father (Jasbir) grabbed a knife, and they dragged me,” she said.
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