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Socialists urge ‘real measures’ to protect children

The opposition Socialist Party urges the government to take "real measures" to protect children in the light of cases of abuse becoming more frequently known to the public, the deputy group leader of the party said on Saturday.

There have been recently serious child abuse cases coming to light “on a weekly basis” which is why the issue of child protection is receiving increased attention, Zita Gurmai told an online press conference.

Children most often become victim to domestic violence she said, adding that violence during confrontation with foster parents were also prevalent. “There have also been instances of sexual harassment and paedophilia in a school or church environment and children in care homes often become victim to juvenile prostitution,” Gurmai said.

She criticised the government for “using the issue of child protection as a demagogic, inciting campaign tool” while fully neglecting acts that threaten the safety of children.

Gurmai said the Socialists called on the government to revise rules on foster parents and on access rights so that children are not forced to have contact with the abusive parent, and to develop the system of monitoring potential threats.

The lawmaker said she had submitted a written question to the prime minister asking Viktor Orbán “when and in what way he intends to fulfil his duties defined in the child protection law?”.

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