Toddler’s death: Gurshan`s parents to leave for India today

Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 08:29

Melbourne: Parents of three-year-old Indian toddler who was "killed" here on March 4, will leave for India Saturday night with the child`s body to perform the last rites.

They are likely to reach India tomorrow and the last rites are expected to be performed on Monday in Faridkot town of Punjab.

Gurshan`s father, Harjit, said he would discuss the possibility of return to Australia with his parents who are coming down from Canada to attend the funeral.

"We might come back after enrolling in a course but have not decided yet," he told a news agency.

He said he was sad and angry about the incident which happened with his son.

He asked media to question the accused on why and what made him do such heinous crime.

Meanwhile, a memorial service was today held for Gurshan which was attended by Indian Council General Anita Nair and leading members of the Indian community.

Meanwhile, Gurshan was remembered as a "loving and
bubbly son", whom they had hoped would be part of a "better
family life" in Australia.

At the Sikh funeral proceedings, Gurshan`s mother
Harpreet Kaur Channa addressed the memorial in English before
the visitors paid their tributes to the open coffin and placed
flower petals.

Channa said despite her high hopes for life with her
son and husband in Australia, "destiny had something else in
mind, and now we are going back without Gurshan`s smile and
lively presence".

Vasan Srinivasan, President of the Federation of
Indian Associations of Victoria, said the family wished to
thank the Victorian police, Victorian Government, SES workers
and the broader Australian community for their support.

He said arrangement were being made to help the
parents fly out of Melbourne for Delhi tonight with Gurshan`s


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First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 08:29

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