Asylum seeker flown to medical care after alleged rape

AN ASYLUM-seeker who was allegedly raped on Nauru in May has been flown to Australia for medical care.

Family members say the Iranian woman, 23, has spent time on a hunger strike and attempted suicide twice.

The Immigration Department told the ABC she was flown from the Pacific island by air ambulance on Thursday night.

"The individual has been receiving appropriate medical and mental health support on Nauru," a department spokesperson said.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the transfer should have happened immediately after the alleged rape.

"She's now in a very, very difficult medical situation," Senator Hanson-Young said.

Topics:  asylum seeker immigration department rape

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