“It was terrifying,” one woman said describing the recent incident where female passengers aboard a Qatar Airways flight to Australia were forced to undergo vaginal exams after a newborn was found in a toilet at the airport in the capital of Doha.
The women, including 13 Australians, were reportedly dragged off the Sydney-bound plane on Oct. 2 at Hamad International Airport, strip-searched and subjected to “invasive” exams, prompting the Australian government to complain about the “grossly disturbing” incident, the New York Post reports.
No one spoke English or told us what was happening. It was terrifying,” one of the women told ABC. “There were 13 of us and we were all made to leave. A mother near me had left her sleeping children on the plane,” she said. “There was an elderly woman who was vision impaired and she had to go too. I’m pretty sure she was searched.”
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the “grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events” had been referred to federal authorities in her country.
“It is not something I have ever heard of occurring in my life, in any context,” she said. “We have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities on this matter.”