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Australian women sue Qatar airways for invasive genital exams and strip search at the airport

Australian women sue Qatar airways for invasive genital exams and strip search at the airport

A bunch of Australian ladies are suing authorities in Qatar after they had been strip-searched and examined at Doha airport.

In October 2020, the ladies had been ordered off a flight and their privates had been checked to know if they’d given start after a child was present in a bin at Hamad Airport.

The ladies described their expertise as state-sanctioned assault and the incident sparked widespread outrage on social media.

 

They had been taken off the Qatar Airways aircraft by armed guards earlier than being taken into ambulances on the tarmac the place they had been inspected by nurses.

The ladies stated they didn’t consent to the examinations and weren’t given explanations for what was taking place to them.

Qatar later apologised for the incident and one airport official was handed a suspended jail sentence however the ladies say their circumstances have since been ignored.

 

One of the ladies, who anonymously spoke to the BBC stated she was “subjected to the most horrifically invasive physical exam”.

 

“I was certain that I was either going to be killed by one of the many men that had a gun, or that my husband on the plane was going to be killed,” she stated in a press release from her lawyer.

The examinations lasted about 5 minutes earlier than they had been escorted again to their flight.

Several ladies reported the incident to police after touchdown in Australia, sparking public consideration and condemnation from a number of nations.

At the time, Qatar’s Prime Minister Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani tweeted an apology saying: “We regret the unacceptable treatment of the female passengers… What took place does not reflect Qatar’s laws or values.”

The ladies desire a formal apology from Qatar and the airport to alter its procedures to verify the incident doesn’t occur once more, Mr Sturzaker stated.

 

They are additionally searching for damages and allege assault, battery, trespass and false imprisonment by the Qatari authorities, Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority and Qatar Airways.

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