June 4, 2012
June 4, 2012
A Turkish school principal has suggested that newborns with “violent” genes should be “eliminated” because they pose a harmful future threat to the country, Turkish media reported on Monday.
Elementary school principal Mustafa Ayd?n proposed that the genetic codes of newborns should be compared with those of criminals in Turkey, adding that criminals’ blood samples should be collected from the country’s police stations.
“Children should be analyzed immediately after birth. If they are to become harmful to this country, to this nation, then they should be eliminated before they can walk,” Ayd?n said on Sunday during a meeting organized by the police department in the eastern province of Erzurum, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The meeting’s topic was violence among children and ways to prevent it, the newspaper said.
“Most children in my neighborhood are thieves,” he said. “I walked in the streets around my home, children are sitting around in condemned buildings … keeping stray dogs as pets. I asked authorities to demolish those buildings but they did not.”
The school principal said Turkey should follow an example set by Argentina and Brazil; countries that have been undergoing new practices to “eliminate” violent children.
”An organization was founded in Brazil to eliminate street children years ago. I am not making this up,” Ayd?n said at the meeting, adding that 90 percent of children with violent backgrounds came from families living under social care.
He added that children could become be “as good as their families.”
The principal’s comments attracted sharp condemnation from the Turkish education ministry which removed Aydin from duty and launched an investigation into the incident, the newspaper reported.
Aydin’s comments have come at a sensitive time, with the country currently embroiled in a row over abortion rights.
Thousands of demonstrators on Sunday staged the largest protest against plans by Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government to curb abortion, which critics say will amount to a virtual ban.
Around 3,000 women ? their ages ranging from 20 to 60 years old ? gathered at a square in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district, according to Turkish media reports. Some women carried banners that read “my body, my choice” and shouted antigovernment slogans, in the largest protest yet.
Last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “there is no difference between killing a baby in its mother’s stomach and killing a baby after birth.”
(Written by Eman El-Shenawi)