A Riverview man and his parents faced a judged Sunday morning for allegedly beating the man’s wife and holding her captive.
- Woman beaten, held captive by husband and in-laws
- Devbir Kalsi, Jasbir Kalsi, Bhupinder Kalsi arrested and charged
- Deputies responded to home, rescued woman and daughter, 1,
Devbir Kalsi and his father, Jasbir Kalsi, were ordered a $325K bond, and Devbir’s mother, Bhupinder Kalsi was ordered a $110K bond.
The three were arrested Saturday after the sheriff’s office received a call about a woman who called her parents in India to tell them she was being beaten and held by her husband and his parents.
Deputies responded to the home at 9601 Greenbank Drive in Riverview where the victim and suspects were residing. Deputies said they knocked on the door and were ignored at first, then the victim suddenly tried to open the door and screamed for the deputy to save her and her child.
A deputy forced his way inside the home and was confronted by Devbir Kalsi and then his parents. Additional deputies arrived and all three were taken into custody.
Deputies said the woman was badly beaten and bruised all over her body. They said the abuse appeared to have been going on for an extended period of time due to the extent of her injuries.
The woman’s one-year-old daughter was also inside the home and appeared unharmed.
They have since been provided a safe place of refuge.
During the court hearing on Sunday, the woman expressed her fear of her husband to the judge.
"I am so scared, because last night he was telling me he was going to kill me if I call the police. He would kill me to death, you know? He told me it would take ten minutes for police to come and before that he would kill me and then kill himself," she said.
Deputies determined that Devbir contacted his parents regarding his wife being disobedient and they came from India to help counsel and discipline her.
In addition to the beatings from her husband, officials said his parents participated in holding her and her child against their will, including holding a knife to her throat and taking her phone so she could not call 911.
“I am very scared of my husband. He tried to kill me. Last time it was attempt to murder, so I am very scared for me and my daughter,” she reiterated in court.
Devbir Kalsi is charged with false imprisonment, felony battery, child abuse, denying access to 911. Jasbir Kalsi is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, child abuse, denying access to 911. Bhupinder Kalsi is charged with battery domestic violence and failure to report child abuse.
They were also ordered to not contact the victim and her daughter and have to surrender their passports. Officials said the mom and dad had been visiting from India for the last month.
This is an ongoing investigation.