World News – AU – Australian women strip searched in Doha


Women on a flight to Sydney, including 13 Australians, were forced to undergo internal exams earlier this month after the birth of a premature baby found in an airport bathroom

A spokesperson for the federal government said the treatment of women was offensive, patently inappropriate and beyond the circumstances under which they could give their free and informed consent

« The Australian government is deeply concerned about the unacceptable treatment of some female passengers on a recent Qatar Airways flight to Doha airport, » the AAP spokesperson told the AAP on Monday

« The government has officially expressed its serious concerns about this incident to the Qatari authorities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is engaged on this issue through diplomatic channels »

Management at Hamad International Airport said the baby was safe and being looked after by medical and social workers

Health professionals have expressed concern about the mother’s health after the baby was found and asked for its location

« Those who had access to a specific area of ​​the airport where the newborn was found were asked to respond to the query, » airport management told ABC

« If this is true it does amount to state sanctioned sexual assault and we should all be very, very worried, » he told the Seven Network

National MP Barnaby Joyce said it was outrageous and completely unacceptable that women were subjected to such humiliating examinations

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World News – AU – Strip search of Australian women in Doha


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