Teen allegedly strip searched by police at Australia's Splendour in the Grass festival

A Law Enforcement Conduct Commission hearing is underway in Australia after a 16-year-old was allegedly strip searched at the Splendour in the Grass festival.

The hearing on Monday heard the girl was incorrectly noticed by a drug dog, and was forced to strip in front of police, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

She was taken away when queueing to make her way into the Byron Bay festival last year. The search, which was illegal, caused the teenager to become "frightened". 

She had a panty liner inside her underwear, The SMH reports, which she was asked to remove before squatting.

"I could not believe this was happening to me; I could not stop crying; I was completely humiliated," the teenager said in a statement read at the hearing.

"I was absolutely shocked that the police would do this to me," the statement said, according to The SMH.

Nearly 300 children were strip searched by police in New South Wales between 2016 and 2018, according to data cited by The Sydney Morning Herald.