Australia confirmed on Monday that it has protested to the Government of Qatar for the “offensive” treatment given to a group of women who were allegedly subjected to gynecological examinations before boarding a plane to Sydney on October 2, after finding a baby in a bathroom at the Doha airport.
Australian TV Channel 7 reported Sunday that the women, including 13 Australians, were arrested and taken to an ambulance parked on the track.
There they were forced to remove underwear to allegedly undergo gynecological examinations without your consent and without being informed of the finding of the newborn.
Wolfgang Babeck, who was aboard flight QR 908, told local network ABC on Monday that the women were visibly disturbed when they returned to their seats.
“Many, probably all of them, were upset, one of them, a young woman, was crying,” Babeck described.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said her country’s government has “dealt directly with the Qatari authorities” about this “set of incidents, very disturbing, offensive and worrying. “
Minister Payne also clarified that she is waiting for the research results carried out by both the Qatari and Australian authorities on the events denounced, without giving details on the number of female passengers affected or the age range, nor on the type of medical examinations they were subjected to.
The Qatari airport confirmed that the baby is safe and under the care of doctors and social workers, while the mother has not been identified and his whereabouts are unknown, as quoted by the ABC.