Friday, October 28, 2005

Turkey Shocked by TV Footage of Child Abuse

Inquiries are launched after apparent scenes of maltreatment at a government orphanage.

ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish parliament Thursday launched an investigation into reports of abuse at a state-run orphanage, the latest in a string of allegations of physical and sexual violence at such facilities that have rocked the nation in recent weeks.

The accusations against the orphanage in Malatya province were reported Tuesday by the private Star TV channel, which showed footage of toddlers being beaten and cursed by female employees.

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