December 6, 1996 in Nation/World

Battered Dolls Bruise Kids, Group Protests

Compiled From Wire Services

A line of dolls whose faces are bruised and battered should be pulled off the shelves in Spain, a children’s rights group says.

The new dolls have black eyes, head bruises and bandaged cuts.

The Prodeni children’s rights group accused the manufacturer of being insensitive to battered children, the leading daily El Pais reported Thursday.

But Miguel Rodriguez, manager of the Ferre Fuster factory in Alicante in southeastern Spain, which makes the dolls, said he would not withdraw them.

“Who says it’s a mistreated child and not one that has fallen down some stairs?” Rodriguez told the newspaper.

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