Victims call for Catholic castration inquiry

17th March 2012, Comments 0 comments

The national organisation of clerical child sex abuse victims KLOKK is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into allegations that young boys were castrated in Dutch Roman Catholic psychiatric wards in the 1950s.

KLOKK chairman Guid Klabbers said the news, revealed on Friday by Dutch newspaper He spoke of crimes against humanity.

The latest revelations, Mr Klabbers added, raise many questions. “It suggests there remain facts that have yet to be revealed. That´s not right. Any lingering doubt must be removed.” Parliament is to devote a session to the matter next week. Wim Deetman, who led the independent inquiry into clerical child sex abuse, is expected to be questioned during the hearing. For the past two years, parliament has been debating whether to launch its own investigation into the scandal.

Parliamentary inquiries have been held in Ireland and Belgium. The minority cabinet comprising the conservative VVD party and the Christian Democrats, backed by Geert Wilders' Freedom Party, have so far blocked a parliamentary inquiry.  

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