I think this was really just a brain fade by one or two senior officials. A bit like the infamous Chappell underarm bowling incident. While the rights of women in the ME (and quite a few other countries) are very bad, to tar the whole of Qatar airlines and other MEAs with perceived ME or religious bias is somewhat rash IMHO.Am I the only cynic who thinks they're just looking for a scapegoat in order to make this go away?
IMHO, they think they've done nothing wrong, treated women worse than animals and are only taking action to be seen to be doing something in order to not lose money. This just stinks of disaster management rather than contrition.
This just stinks of disaster management rather than contrition.
What would be appropriate contrition ?
Personal apologies to the women who were sexually assaulted. Publicly calling it out as sexual assault as they is exactly what it was. Financial compensation.
Most of all contrition is about ensuring it doesn't happen again and changing your ways. Learning from your mistakes. Ideally, giving women rights, but that is not going to happen.
Aren't all those things the product of an investigation? Otherwise you're asking the Qatari government to find all parties guilty without due process...
At least it’s happening - I can think of any number of countries where nothing would be done at all. Hopefully this will set guidelines and procedures to stop this happening to foreign nationals again. Not sure about that - will wait and see what actually happens in the investigation.The issue I see is that the investigation is going to be about as free and fair as the Saudi one into the murder of Khashoggi. Both sanctioned by the head of state but the investigation it to find someone to take the fall. To be clear, I'm not suggesting the Qatari Emir personally signed off on this sexual assault, but I also suspect he couldn't really care less until it blew up to be a PR nightmare for the state. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't have too much faith in any investigation in totalitarian states being free and a fair.
Our government knows the names and contact details of passengers arriving into Oz on any given flight/day. Nothing stops them from pro-actively, with discretion, asking about whether there were issues on departing from Qatar.
Given the growing outrage about this incident & the seemingly lack of knowledge by the majority of the poor, near slave-like treatment of females in the Middle East - I wonder if any people have been sending outraged emails to Alan Joyce demanding that Qantas sever all ties with Emirates?
I can easily see why this was not made public immediately. If I had been one of those women, already exhausted, stressed from trying to get a flight home, being price gouged or forced to buy business class cancelled flights. The last thing in the world I would want is anything to stop me from completing that journey or invading my privacy once at home. Actually if I was pulled off a plane due to a crime investigation I would be freaking out that maybe someone put drugs in my bag or something. I would want to prove my innocence and get back on the plane asap. So if I learned that all I had to do is allow a female doctor to inspect my uterus (or lack there of, I had a hysterectomy) and I would be free to go, I would have complied just to get it over and done with. And the last thing I would want is journalists hovering around my house, the check out lady looking at me with pity (you poor dear) or my social media blowing up. I would have stayed quiet and got drunk on the plane and tried to just put it out of my mind. I have been through worse in my life, this wouldn't have been a bleep on my radar as long as I got home safely.