On October 2, a newborn baby was found in a bathroom at Doha Airport in Qatar. The airport conducted a mandatory entry check on all women who entered and exited the area who were suspected of being the birth mother of the abandoned baby, including 13 Australian female passengers. In response, the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs filed a solemn protest to the Qatar government on the 26th.
On the 26th, Australia’s diplomatic service expressed “serious concern” to Qatar regarding the compulsory medical examination of 13 women in the country at Doha Airport. Australian Foreign Minister Marys Payne said harshly in her speech on the matter: “This behavior is very disturbing and extremely offensive; this incident is unheard of in my life, and we have made a clear statement to the Qatar government.”
Payne said that the Australian Foreign Service has negotiated with the Federal Police of the country on this matter, but as of now, the Australian Federal Police has not yet clarified what actions they will take in response to this incident.
On October 2nd, Qatar Airways’ QR908 flight was supposed to take off from Doha Airport at 20:40, but on the same day, a newborn baby was found in a bathroom of the airport, so the flight was already on board. Several female passengers were asked to leave the plane.
According to the doctor and witnesses accompanying the flight, the female passengers who were not told why they left the plane were taken to an ambulance parked on the runway without their knowledge. According to these female passengers, they were asked to take off their clothes in the car and had an entrance physical examination on their private parts.
Witnesses said that the flight was finally delayed by 4 hours, and they believed that the delay may have been caused by this inspection.
According to a spokesperson at Doha Airport, they took this surprise inspection because they “want to ensure the health and safety of this abandoned baby and birth mother”, but they did not have any questions about why they did not inform the passengers under inspection in advance and why they took mandatory inspections. Explain. What is even more strange is that nearly three weeks after the incident, the Qatari government has not yet responded to the incident.
In addition, with the exception of 13 female passengers from Australia with confirmed identities, existing reports have not yet stated how many women have been required to undergo compulsory testing, and it is also unclear about their nationalities and other information.