Dumped in temple, Indian child continues seeking his parents (Lead)August 1st, 2008 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 1 (IANS) A child of Indian origin has run away from his foster home for the second time in search of his parents who dumped him in a temple, police said. Parvinder Singh Lavana’s touching quest for his “mummy and daddy” began soon after they left him in a temple in the west London suburb of Southall in June last year.
The 13-year-old boy ran away from home Sunday on his second such mission, Detective Inspector Alexandra Phipp of Bromley CID said.
“Last time he did this (in August 2007) he said he had travelled through Southall with the New Bharat Coach Company, on his way to Birmingham. We think he may well have followed a similar route this time. The last confirmed sighting we have of him is in Croydon, so we think he might have done the same thing again,” Phipp said.
“He was left at a temple in Southall, and so he might have been there asking questions about his parents now that his English is better as he is clearly desperate to find them,” she added.
Parvinder, described by Phipp as a “very appealing and very intelligent child,” left behind a note at his foster home in Bromley, Southeast London, saying he felt “helpless now” as he could not return to India without his parents.
Parvinder’s note reads (the names of the foster parents and family have been omitted by the police):
“Hello J and K, Ab and As: I am leaving home because I am going to search for my mummy and daddy.
“You all should not worry.
“If I find my parents, I will not return home.
“If I do not find them, I will definitely return.
“I was very happy with all these people at home.
“I am not leaving this home in anger, but I am helpless now - that I cannot go back to India without my parents.
“Therefore, I am now going to search for my mummy and daddy.
“I do not know where my parents are, but still I will try.
“Nobody knows that I am leaving this home, because if I had told you, you would not let me go.
“J and K, I am very pleased with you, because you gave me a lot of love and care.
“And I am very pleased with Ab and As as well.
“Ab gave me as much love as he gave to As.
“I will miss all of you very much.
“Ab, if you like anything from my bedroom, you certainly can have it, because you gave me a lot of love.
“It will be a gift to you from me.”
Police also think someone in the Sikh community may be looking after the boy. When he was originally found they had taken him in and had taken him to Gravesend, an English town with a large population of Sikhs.
Another Sikh body, nine-year-old Gurrinder Singh, was found abandoned at a daycare centre in Southall this March.