Britain has joined Australia in condemning Qatar for forcibly strip searching women after two of its nationals were also subjected to the degrading treatment. The Morrison government is expecting a Qatari authorities' report into the invasive searches to be delivered as early as Friday morning, with the security personnel involved potentially breaking the law by failing to get official approval for the searches and the consent of the women who suffered from the invasive searches. Foreign Minister Marise Payne is yet to speak to her Qatari counterpart over the searching of Australian women at Doha's airport. Alex Ellinghausen. The October 2 incident, which saw 18 women including 13 Australians dragged off a Sydney-bound flight at Doha's Hamad International Airport, has sparked a furious diplomatic response from Australia.
Girls as young as 12 strip searched by Australian police: official statistics
The Australian Financial Review
All female passengers had to take their passports and disembark immediately. They were marched from the plane and directed to ambulances, where, according to Australian officials and accounts from some women, they were strip-searched and given invasive medical exams to see if they had recently given birth because a newborn had been found abandoned in a bathroom at Hamad International Airport. The episode in Doha sparked anger and disbelief in Australia. Among the women who told Australian officials she had been examined while transiting through the Qatari capital on Flight QR was a year-old Australian nurse who insisted she be identified only by her first name, Jessica, because of the personal nature of the exam.
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CNN More than school-age girls -- including two as young as 12 -- have been strip searched by police in Australia 's most populous state over the past three years, according to official figures. Police officers and drug detection dogs walk among festival goers by an entrance to Splendour In The Grass on July 19, in Byron Bay, Australia. The statistics -- obtained under freedom of information laws by non-profit community legal organization Redfern Legal Center -- show that girls aged 12 to 17 were strip searched in New South Wales NSW between and Two of the girls were 12, eight were 13, and seven were 14, the figures show. Overall, almost 4, girls and women of all ages were strip searched over that period, with the most common reason being to search for drugs.
Exclusive : In the past three years, girls have been forced to undergo the controversial practice. The New South Wales police performed strip-searches on more than girls in the last three years, including two year-olds. The revelations come as the NSW police watchdog revealed last week that it investigated six separate allegations of misuse of strip-search powers by police last year , and is likely to place the practice under increased scrutiny. The data, obtained by the Redfern Legal Centre, reveals that since there have been 3, strip-searches by police on women in NSW. Young women aged 25 and under accounted for almost half the searches, while the oldest woman strip-searched was 72 years old.