An Iranian asylum seeker who was allegedly raped on Nauru has been flown to Australia for medical treatment, three months after the alleged assault took place, according to reports in media.The 23-year-old was allegedly attacked in May on her way back to the Australian-run Nauru Detention Centre after a visit to the island to meet friends.
The Immigration Department has told the ABC she was flown off the Pacific island by air ambulance on Thursday night.
“Given advice from our medical providers … International Health and Medical Services [IHMS] … we’ve agreed that she should be transferred to Australia for medical care,” department secretary Michael Pezzullo said.
“The individual has been receiving appropriate medical and mental health support on Nauru,” a department spokesperson added.
The department said it received a transfer request from IHMS on Wednesday afternoon and approved it that evening.
Her family says she has since been on a hunger strike since the alleged attack and attempted suicide twice, including by drinking insecticide.
The woman has reportedly been kept in a separate compound away from her family since the alleged assault.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who has been calling for the woman’s transfer, slammed the delay in bringing to woman to Australia.
Ms Hanson-Young said it should have happened immediately after the alleged rape.
“She’s now in a very, very difficult medical situation and thankfully she’s now being flown to Australia,” Senator Hanson-Young said.
“The fact that it’s taken three months to get her here is just unacceptable.
“But of course I’m glad after advocating for her that we’ve finally been able to get her out of that awful place.”