Woman held hostage by family in Riverview speaks out in court

Hillsborough County

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (WFLA) — A Riverview woman who deputies say was held hostage with her 1-year-old child and beaten over an extended period of time described some of the horrors she faced in court on Sunday.

Jasbir Kalsi, Bhupinder Kalsi and Devbir Kalsi are facing several charges after deputies found the victim beaten and badly bruised at her Riverview home.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says Devbir is the victim’s husband and Jasbir and Bhupinder are the victim’s in-laws. Jasbir and Bhupinder apparently traveled to the Tampa Bay area from India to help Devbir “counsel and discipline” his wife because they thought she was acting disobediently. They had been here for the last month.

During Devbir’s bond hearing Sunday morning, the victim said her husband “tried to kill her.”

“I am so scared. Last night he was telling me he would kill me if I called the police. He told me it would take ten minutes for police to come, he would kill me then kill himself,” the victim said in court.

The victim said the abuse happened over four years, but she stayed with him because she wanted to improve their relationship. She told the judge how she fears for her life and her baby.

“He (Devbir) stopped me from calling the police, and he grabbed the keys. I tried to run out, and his father (Jasbir) grabbed a knife, and they dragged me,” said the victim.

All three suspects are now being held on bond, must surrender their passports and have been ordered to stay away from the victim and the 1-year-old girl.

Devbir’s bond was set at $325,000.

Jasbir, who prosecutors say held a knife to the victim and baby, had his bond set at $375,000.

Bhupinder’s bond was set at $110,000.If you or someone you know is the victim of abuse, please call the City of Tampa’s Crisis Center – (813) 234-1234STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON-

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