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Child murders traumatize Turkey

A government proposal to toughen penalties for child abuse has failed to soothe public outrage in Turkey amid a surge in deadly violence against children.
A picture taken on May 23, 2013 shows a beat-up and bruised doll diplayed during an exhibition that aims at raising public awareness of child abuse at Tel Avivs Rabin Square, Israel.  AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH        (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
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A series of child rapes and murders have rattled Turkey in recent months, sparking nationwide outrage and trauma. In the first four months of the year alone, 13 children perished as a result of violence or negligence. A government proposal to punish child abusers with up to 30 years in jail has failed to appease the public.

Turkey’s failure to prevent violence against children has now become one of the country’s major topics of discussion. The tally of 13 child deaths is based on incidents covered by the media, but many other cases are believed to have gone unreported.

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