HOUSTON: An Indian woman in the US was rescued after authorities received a call from India that the 33-year-old was beaten and held against her will by her husband and his parents.
Silky Gaind was rescued by Florida authorities after she called her parents in India on Saturday to inform them of the beating. The parents of the victim then called the authorities in the US, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said.
When a deputy arrived, no one responded to the repeated knock. Gaind attempted to open the door and screamed for him to help her and her one-year-old daughter. The deputy forced his way in and found that Gaind was severely bruised.
Investigators said the parents of her 33-year-old husband Devbir Kalsi had travelled from India to the US and took part in the beatings after their son told them he needed help with a “disobedient” wife.
Kalsi beat Gaind “repeatedly and forcefully” after the couple had a fight on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Kalsi’s parents, father Jasbir and mother Bhupinder, started hitting her after Gaind attempted to defend herself.
The infant was accidentally struck in the face while Gaind was holding her during the attack, the report said.
The parents hit Gaind and left her with bruises on her face, neck and torso before Jasbir threatened to stab her with a kitchen knife, the arrest report said.
After the fight, the woman was locked in a room and her cell phone was taken from her.
Devbir and Jasbir may face “charges of false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911”. Devbir could also face felony battery charge.
Jasbir was accused of “aggravated battery with a deadly weapon”, the report said
They were booked into Hillsborough County Jail and were being held without bond, it said.
The three could face deportation back to India. Gaind and the infant were put in a safe place, the sheriff’s office said.