Dead Indian toddler loved Australia, says grieving mother
A three-year-old Indian boy whose body was found dumped in Melbourne loved living in Australia, his grief-stricken mother said, admitting that she cannot come to terms with her child’s death.india Updated: Mar 12, 2010 09:22 IST
A three-year-old Indian boy whose body was found dumped in Melbourne loved living in Australia, his grief-stricken mother said, admitting that she cannot come to terms with her child’s death.
Gurshan Singh’s lifeless body was found by the side of an isolated road in north Melbourne on March 4, six hours after his mother reported him missing from home.
“Gurshan loved Melbourne,” mother Harpreet Kaur Channa told a Punjabi programme on Australia’s SBS Radio on Thursday.
“Whenever I asked him about India, he would say ‘I want to stay here´. He got along so well with everyone at home (in Melbourne).”
Australian police have charged 23-year-old Indian national Gursewak Dhillon, one of six adults who shared a house with the Singh family, with manslaughter by criminal negligence over the death.
Authorities allege Dhillon put the boy unconscious into the boot of his car and drove around for three hours before leaving the body, without checking if the child was still alive. How the boy was knocked out is not known.
Channa said her husband was putting a brave face on his loss but was “completely shattered”. She said she was struggling to cope with the tragedy.
“You can well imagine what’s going through a mother’s mind who has just lost a child. I don’t know how I feel, I can’t even think about myself,” she said.
“We just celebrated his third birthday on 21st February. He was so happy that day, so happy. It’s only now that he was more aware of things, he had a better understanding of what was happening, he really enjoyed his birthday.
“Our families are supporting us. They keep saying that we’ll have another baby soon. Please pray for me, that I have another child so Gurshan comes back.”
Gurshan went missing while his father was at a nearby library and his mother took a shower.
Talking about the day of his death, Channa said: “When I went into the shower, he was knocking on the door. Maybe he wanted to say, ‘Mum don’t go´,” she said through sobs.