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Cops use minor victim as ‘bait’, she is raped again

The victim, who was alone, was then intercepted by the accused and allegedly raped for the second time.

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The accused are reported to have taken the victim’s cellphone and shot a video of the incident.

A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped twice by two men, the second time after police set her up as “bait” and asked her to meet the accused, in Jalna, about 400 kilometres from Mumbai.

Assistant Police Inspector Vinod Ejjapawar who reportedly used the victim in an attempt to trap the two accused has been suspended. Both the accused have been nabbed.

According to the police, on the evening of July 6, two men accosted the victim and her male companion at an isolated spot on Nava Road, dragged her to a nearby forest and allegedly raped her. The accused are reported to have taken the victim’s cellphone and shot a video of the incident.

“The victim approached the local police on July 7, alleging rape by two men. The alleged rapists contacted her mother several times and demanded Rs 2,000 for returning her cellphone with the video clip,” said Special Inspector General of Police, Aurangabad Range, Vishwas Nagre Patil.

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Police said the accused told the victim to meet them at a particular spot if she wanted her phone.

“The plan was that the victim would be escorted by the police to the spot. She was to meet them on July 9, at 8 pm. The victim, however, mistook a regular patrol van which passed by her house as the escort vehicle and thought that was the signal for her to leave for the spot,” said Patil.

The victim, who was alone, was then intercepted by the accused and allegedly raped for the second time.

“There was miscommunication between all. Involving the victim was not the right way. Laying a trap was a blunder,” said Patil. “To take the help of a victim who is traumatised, and risking her in this situation is a major blunder,” he added.