JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - Dozens of members of the Indian community gathered outside of the Johnson County Courthouse Wednesday to protest three Indian-born naturalized citizens accused of human trafficking.
The case revolves around Amarjit Dhaliwal and her two sons Kuldeep and Gurdeep Dhaliwal. All three are charged with human trafficking linked to an arranged marriage involving Amarjit Dhaliwal's daughter-in-law.
The woman was brought from India to a home in Greenwood to live with the Dhaliwals. Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper said the woman was beaten, used for sex and not allowed to leave the home.
The protesters are disputing those allegations and say the woman falsely accused the Dhaliwals in order to get out of the marriage and stay in the U.S.
The defendants' sister, Pardeep Dhaliwal, said the woman used the marriage as a tactic to stay in America and that her brothers aren't criminals.
"She didn't want to live with him anymore. If she didn't want to live with him anymore she would have to go back to India within two years," Pardeep Dhaliwal said.
All three defendants remain free on a $50,000 bond.