The tragic discovery of the body of a 5-yr old girl whose corpse had been kept for an estimated three years in a flat in Ruzinov-Bratislava, has led the authorities to question why there is no system in place for noticing that children of school age are not at any school.
The terrible scene met police officers at the weekend when they came to evict the parents of the deceased girl from their illegally occupied flat. It seems the girl had been tortured to death by her 32-yr old stepfather and the parents had kept the body so they could keep drawing child benefit. The man has been charged with her murder.
The case has caused a difference of opinion between local authorities and the Ministry of Interior, however, as the boroughs don’t check absences like this, although by law local government bears that obligation. The Ministry, on the other hand, believes it could be done easily using a central population register.