UNICEF Hungary started a campaign against child abuse, and the relevant posters already appeared in several parts of the country. They aim to raise public attention to the fact that it is a joint responsibility of society to protect kids. Sexual, physical, and psychological abuse affects 1 billion children in the world and, shockingly, 40 thousand of them are killed.
Public, a Hungarian think-tank, did a representative survey asking 1,003 Hungarian parents on the issue. The results show that 83 pc of them disagreed with raising children by threatening them with corporal punishment. Meanwhile, 14 pc of them think that it is not problematic.
The same proportion of parents agrees that children have not only rights but also obligations. 66 pc of them agree that parents have the right to check the phones of their children and read their messages. The survey shows that
the higher a parent is qualified, the less they agree with corporal punishment.
Interestingly, 28 pc of those having a degree think that one or two slaps are acceptable. This proportion, however, increases to 42 pc in the case of skilled workers. Experts asked what parents thought about abuse. 30 pc put verbal abuse into that category, 14 pc said that taking their phone is also abuse, while 20 pc agreed that grounding is also one of its types. Moreover, 74 and 63 pc of the parents think that deprivation of love and obligation of silence are the worst kinds of abuse.
As we reported before, an aggressive father brutally abused his wife and minor children in October. The couple has six children, five of whom have already been removed from the family by the authorities. However, they have been allowed to take the children with them for a specified time for contact. The 3-year-old boy was maltreated several times;
he was hit with a fly swatter, burnt with cigarette butts, and pinched on his body.
He also hit the 7-year-old child several times, pressed his face into a pillow until he began to suffocate, and stabbed and cut his palm several times with a knife. As a result of the abuse, the young children suffered severe injuries and burns that healed beyond eight days. As the Hungarian news portal nlc reports, the man did not spare his wife either: he regularly hit her legs and thighs, kicked her, and beat her head against the wall.
The Békés District Court
sentenced the arrested man to 5 years in prison as collective punishment
and banned him from practising public affairs for five years. He terminated the right of parental custody of the two minor victims and ordered him to pay the criminal costs of more than HUF 650,000 (~EUR 1,820) incurred during the proceedings. The ruling is not final.