Qatar will prosecute personnel at Doha airport for forced physical examinations of female airline passengers, it was announced on Friday. Thirteen women from Australia were forced to undergo an internal examination after exiting a plane last week after a premature baby was found in a terminal toilet area.
Baby was found in toilet area
The incident came to light this week through an Australian passenger. Thirteen Australian women have now reported having been examined. According to eyewitnesses, all women on board had to undergo the examination.
Australia filed a complaint with the authorities in Qatar. Two British women and a French woman were also internally investigated, while a New Zealand woman refused to cooperate with the investigation.
The Qatari government speaks in a statement of “illegal actions” and “violations” and says it will prosecute the people behind the investigations.
The premature baby was found in a toilet room. Women at the airport were then arrested and forced to take off their underwear and undergo an internal examination in an ambulance.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said at a press conference on Monday that the country is taking the matter high. She speaks of a “disturbing and insulting state of affairs in every way”.
The baby is currently receiving medical attention.