A man’s parents flew out to Florida from their native India to help their son beat his wife for being disobedient, police say.
The 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.
It escalated on Friday, when Devbir and his wife got into an argument.
The arrest report states that Kalsi struck her ‘repeatedly and forcefully’, and when Gaind attempted to defend herself, his parents began hitting her too, leaving bruises on her face, neck and torso.
Gaind’s young daughter, who was in her arms during the attack, was also struck in the face.
Kalsi then allegedly held a kitchen knife to her throat and threatened to stab her.
‘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?’
Kalsi and his parents were being held in jail. It was unknown if they have a lawyer.