Senin, 23 November 2020

Qatar authorities charge woman for allegedly dumping baby in bathroom bin at Doha Airport -

Authorities in Qatar say they have identified a woman who allegedly dumped her newborn baby in a bathroom bin at Doha Airport, which sparked the “disturbing” strip search of Australian travellers.

They said police officers at the airport, who ordered the physical examination of female travellers as part of the search for the abandoned baby’s mother, have also been charged over the October 2 incident.

Prosecutors said the woman was an “Asian national” and “fugitive convict” who allegedly texted the child’s father when she abandoned the child and then flew out of Qatar.

She has been charged with attempted murder and faces 15 years in jail. Her exact location is unknown and authorities are still in the process of arresting her, the ABC reported.

The newborn girl was found alive and taken into medical care in Doha.

Prosecutors said DNA testing had also identified the child’s father but he has not been charged.

“The mother, while leaving the country, threw the newborn infant in the trash can in one of the toilets in the Departures Lounge at the Airport and boarded the plane to her destination,” a statement from prosecutors said, according to Al Jazeera.

“The father of the infant admitted that he had a relationship with the infant’s mother, and that she had sent him a message and a photo of the newborn infant immediately after her birth.

“The letter included her saying that she had thrown (away) the infant she had given birth to and fled to her country. Examining the DNA of the defendants were identical to that of the infant.”

Sex and childbirth outside marriage is illegal in Qatar, as in much of the Middle East.

The discovery of the child at Doha’s Hamad International Airport on October 2 sparked an international incident as at least 18 female travellers, including 13 Australians, were subjected to invasive physical examinations in the desperate search for her mother.

Australian women told of their fear as they were pulled off flights and rounded up for the invasive checks.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne described the incident as “grossly disturbing” and demanded answers from Qatari authorities.

“This is a grossly, grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events,” she said last month.

“It is not something I have ever heard of occurring in my life, in any context, (and) we have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities on this matter.”

Australian Federal Police have been investigating the incident.

Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani has apologised to the women involved.

“We regret the unacceptable treatment of the female passengers at (Hamad International Airport),” he said last month.

“I assure you that we will hold those responsible for these acts to account. What took place does not represent Qatar’s laws or values. We will undertake all measures to prevent a recurrence.”

The Qatar Government has said officials at the airport who ordered the physical checks of female travellers had been charged and are facing up to three years in jail.

One of the Australian women strip searched at Doha airport told 60 Minutes on Sunday she had been left traumatised by the experience.

The woman, identified as Jane, told the program she and her husband were on a Qatar Airways plane due to depart for Sydney when the group of women – 13 who were Australian – were told to get their passports and get off the flight.

She said she was led into an ambulance surrounded by armed men and a female doctor told her, “We need to test you”.

“She goes, ‘We need to remove your underwear.’ And I said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable with removing my underwear.’ And I was physically holding them up. And she’s like, ‘No, they need to come down,” Jane said.

‘They had thin blinds. I could see out and I remember thinking, ‘Can all of those men out there see in?’

“I remember laying there thinking, ‘This isn’t right. This is not how this should be happening. This isn’t how this should be done’.”

After two to three minutes inside the ambulance, Jane was taken back to the plane “shaking”.

“I was shaking at that point. I just explained what had happened and we just sat there and we were just in shock. I remember thinking, ‘I can’t believe that’s actually just happened to me,’” she said.

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