January 22, 2021

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Qatar authorities charge woman for allegedly dumping baby in airport bathroom

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

Prosecutors said the woman was an “Asian national” and “convict” who allegedly left Qatar after the incident last month.

She has been charged with attempted murder, however authorities are still in the process of arresting her, according to the ABC.

The discovery of the newborn girl at Doha’s Hamad International Airport on October 2 sparked an international incident as a large number of female travellers, including Australians, were subjected to invasive physical examinations in the desperate search for the child’s 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.”

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.

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

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