The Australian government has registered serious concerns with Qatari authorities. This was done due to a report that said women were stripped and searched in a Doha-Sydney flight as the body of a newborn was found at the airport.
On October 2, women boarded flight QR 908 going from Doha to Sydney were unloaded at Hamad International Airport and stripped off their clothes in an ambulance. Qatari authorities did this to find out if any of them had given birth to the newborn found at the airport.
A fellow flight passenger told The Guardian that the women were presented to a female doctor and their clothes taken off and searched. They were asked to take off everything, even their underwear. The doctor then examined them and tried to find out if any of them had recently given birth to a child. Actually, someone had told that a child has been found in the toilet. So he was trying to find out who his mother is.
In a statement, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said that we have formally lodged serious concerns about the incident with Qatari authorities. A DFAT spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The Australian government is aware of reports related to the investigation of female passengers, including Australian nationals, at Doha (Hamad) airport in Qatar.'
The spokesman said, "We have formally lodged our serious concerns with the Qatari authorities regarding the incident." Officials have assured that detailed and transparent information on the incident will be provided soon. ”Qatar Airways declined to comment on the matter, however.