The police in the western Indian state of Maharashtra have admitted that a 17-year-old rape survivor in Jalna town was raped again.
The reason: The police had sent her as bait to catch the suspects, Indian television station NDTV reported.
The police officers who sent the girl back to her alleged rapists are being investigated.
The teenager was allegedly raped at knife-point the first time early this month when she met a male friend she had got to know on Facebook.
Other news reports said two men had accosted the girl and her friend and dragged the girl to a forest before raping her.
They also took her mobile phone and shot the video of the act.
When the girl got home, she told her mother, who lodged a police complaint.
The next day the police, in an attempt to lay a trap, sent the girl back to the same spot.
It "failed" as police vehicles were following too closely, said Vishwas Patil, Inspector General of Police, Aurangabad district.
A day later, the police made a second attempt to trap the rapists, but a "miscommunication" meant that the girl was assaulted again.
Said IGP Patil: "The girl was put through the injustice again.
"It is wrong to use a victim, especially a minor victim, as bait."
Police officers involved in the operation say the teen left to meet the accused without informing them and apparently thought that a police vehicle was following her.
The alleged rapists were arrested hours later from a railway station. The police claimed they had received a tip-off.
Mr Vinod Ejjapwar, the police officer who allegedly led the operation to use the rape survivor as bait, has been suspended.
Police sources said preliminary medical reports have failed to establish the first rape.
This article was first published on July 15, 2015.
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