Call from India leads to abuse arrests in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A woman was rescued by Florida authorities after they received a call from India that she was being beaten and held against her will by her husband and his parents.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said 33-year-old Silky Gaind called her parents in India on Saturday to tell them of the abuse. They then called authorities.

When a deputy arrived, no one responded to repeated knock. Then Gaind attempted to open the door and screamed for him to help her and her 1-year-old daughter. The deputy forced his way in and found Gaind severely bruised.

Investigators say 33-year-old Devbir Kalsi told his parents he needed help with a disobedient wife, and they traveled from India and participated in the beatings.

Kalsi in his parents were being held in jail. It was unknown if they have a lawyer.


“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,” the victim said in court.

The victim said the abuse happened over four years, but she stayed with him because she wanted to improve their relationship. She told the judge how she fears for her life and her baby.

“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,” said the victim.

All three suspects are now being held on bond, must surrender their passports and have been ordered to stay away from the victim and the 1-year-old girl.

Devbir’s bond was set at $325,000.

Jasbir, who prosecutors say held a knife to the victim and baby, had his bond set at $375,000.

Bhupinder’s bond was set at $110,000.

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