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On his own initiative, and based on information from the media about the suspicion that a three-year-old girl from Novi Sad was sexually abused by her father and grandfather, the Protector of Citizens initiated a control investigation into the legality and regularity of work of the Social Welfare Centre in Novi Sad and the Provincial Secretariat for Social Policy, Demography and Gender Equality.

The Protector of Citizens asked the Social Welfare Centre to inform him about the activities undertaken and measures within its competence regarding the mentioned case within 15 days, and asked the Provincial Secretariat to perform expert supervision over the work of Social Welfare Centre in Novi Sad regarding the actions of the guardianship authority in this case and to inform the Protector of Citizens about the results of the supervision no later than 15 days from the receipt of the letter.