Budapest, September 8 (MTI) – The human resources ministry has asked the police to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of children at an orphanage, the ministry said on Thursday.
Tabloid Bors reported rights groups and parents as saying that staff at an unnamed orphanage sexually abused children in exchange for small rewards.
Fifteen 15 victims came forward and revealed the abuse to rights groups, the paper said. One got pregnant and gave birth, it added.
The leftist opposition Democratic Coalition today demanded an immediate investigation and legal proceedings.
The opposition Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party called on the Budapest metropolitan council to guarantee the protection of children in the city’s orphanages. The party’s co-leader will submit written inquiries to the justice, human resources and interior ministries, as well as the chief prosecutor.
Police told MTI they would provide information later on whether an related procedure will be launched.
Unlike the left wing, the centre right government “does not turn a blind eye” to crimes committed against children, ruling Fidesz said in a statement. Lawmakers of the left failed to support new penal code provisions setting stricter punishments for sexual crimes against children, it added.