A 33-year-old man’s parents flew from India to Florida to beat their son’s wife after he said she was “disobedient” towards him, police said.
Police told Fox 13 that Devbir Kalsi, 33, held his wife Silky Gaind, 33, captive in their home in Riverview and requested assistance from his parents to “counsel and discipline his wife for being disobedient.”
Kalsi’s parents, Jasbir Kalsi, 67, and Bhupinder Kalsi, 61, allegedly traveled from India to Florida to help Devbir assault his wife.
Kalsi beat Gaind “repeatedly and forcefully,” according to the arrest report. When Gaind tried to defend herself, Kalsi’s parents allegedly struck her repeatedly and accidentally hit her one-year-old daughter in the face.
WUSA reports that her 67-year-old father-in-law also threatened Gaind with a kitchen knife.
Gaind called her parents in India to report the abuse, and they contacted the authorities.
When a deputy arrived at the residence, no one answered at first, but Gaind tried to pry the door open and screamed for help.
Despite Kalsi’s attempts to keep the door closed, the deputy forced the door open and entered the house, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Kalsi’s parents reportedly confronted the officer when he began to handcuff their son.
“Awful, nobody should go through that,” an unidentified neighbor told Fox 13. “It really is heartbreaking. There’s a brand new baby. But who beats their wife up and his mother and dad help him? Who does that?”
Devbir and Jasbir Kalsi face “charges of false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911,” the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Devbir could also face a felony battery charge, and Jasbir may also face an additional charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Bhupinder Kalsi also faces multiple charges, including battery, domestic violence, and failure to report child abuse.
Police took all three suspects to Hillsborough County Jail where they are being held without bond. Fox 13 reports that all three may be deported back to India.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Gaind and her child are now in a safe place.