CAIRO: A New Cairo prosecutor referred Khaled Rabeh, owner of Rabeh orphanage house in Cairo, to a misdemeanor court over charges of physical torture and abuse of a number of orphaned children, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Rabeh also faces charges of misusing the names of the orphans to obtain agricultural lands at prices below market price and of forcing children to work in the field.
The investigation carried out by the Ministry of Social Solidarity revealed that the children were allegedly beaten and sometimes deprived of food and drink. Another investigation conducted by the prosecution showed that Rabeh also allegedly used donation money to buy lands and a farm in Wadi al-Natroun in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Beheira.
Minister of the Social Solidarity Ghada Waly ordered the closure of the orphanage Tuesday and for the children to be sent to the Cairo-based Hope Village Society to resume their studies and be provided with all necessary services.
In October, an employee of an orphanage in Ismailia governorate called on the police forces to stop violations committed against the female orphans who were sexually abused by a supervisor. In August, security forces stormed another orphanage in Giza’s district of Haram where the manager was beating and torturing the children after his wife uploaded a video showing him beating the children.