Deputies found Silky Gaind at her home on Greenbank Drive in Riverview, Florida, scared and badly bruised.
Gaind and her 1-year-old child were being held captive in their own home by her husband Devbir Kalsi and his parents Jasbir and Bhupinder Kalsi.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, Kalsi’s parents flew from Punjab, India, to Florida to help their son “counsel and discipline” Gaind, when he thought she was acting disobediently. When she tried to escape, the Kalsis held her captive. Investigators said that the beatings had “been ongoing for an extended period of time.”Screenshot/WFLA
Gaind, afraid to call the cops because of “cultural expectations,” phoned her parents in India to explain her dangerous circumstances. Someone associated with the family reported the abuse to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, where they dispatched deputies to investigate.
The deputy who arrived at the scene had to force his way into the home when no one acknowledged his knocking. He barged into the home when he heard Gaind “try and open the door as she screamed for help.” She begged the deputy to save her and her child.
Devbir Kalsi fought back, unsuccessfully attempting to shut the door on the officer. When he attempted to handcuff Kalsi, his parents caused a scene and also confronted the deputy.
After calling for backup, the officer found Gaind. A preliminary investigation showed that Jasbir Kalsi had “held a knife to her throat” as both in-laws participated in holding their daughter-in-law captive. The abuse escalated when Gaind attempted to defend herself.Screenshot/WFLA
The Tampa Bay Times reported:
During the fight, Gaind was holding her and Devbir Kalsi’s child, who was inadvertently hit in the face before being put in a separate room, the report said. Deputies say Devbir Kalsi later dragged his wife into another room after taking her phone, and his parents locked her inside.
The Florida Abuse Hotline and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were notified. Both victims have been provided a safe place to stay.
A neighbor who chose to remain anonymous said:
“It really is heartbreaking. There’s a brand new baby. But who beats their wife up and has their mother and dad help him? Who does that?”
All three of the Kalsi family members were taken into custody at the Hillsborough County Jail:
Devbir Kalsi was charged with false imprisonment, felony battery, child abuse and denying access to 911.
Jasbir Kalsi faces charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (knife), false imprisonment child abuse and denying access to 911.
Bhupinder Kalsi was charged with battery domestic violence and failure to report child abuse.
Neighbor Stephanie Payne said:
“And after hearing what happened, I’m both sad and scared at the same time. And I’m upset that this was all going on right across the street from me and I couldn’t do anything about it and couldn’t help her.”