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Woman describes being held captive by London cult for 30 years

“As a child, Katy Morgan-Davies sought solace in her bathroom tap. ‘I used to tell the tap, “You are on my side,” she says. ‘I’d kiss the tap. I’d hug the toilet when the flush worked.’ Her comments are a telling example of the brutal upbringing the now 33-year-old faced having being born into a Maoist cult that its leader intended to rule the world. Katy would spend 30 years trapped in the commune in Brixton before she was finally able to escape in 2013. Her captor Aravindan Balakrishnan, also known as Comrade Bala,1 who she would discover after her escape was her father, was jailed last year for 23 years for rape and false imprisonment spanning several decades. …Katy was brought up wearing gender-neutral clothes, without toys or contact with other children. She barely if ever went to the doctor or dentist, being taught NHS meant Never Help Self. She was taught if she rebelled against Bala [Balakrishnan] then everyday objects would rebel too, hence why she was amazed when light switches worked or toilets flushed. She managed to escape in 2005, aged 22, but after approaching police officers at her local station, was persuaded to let them call Bala, who turned up and reassured them ‘all was well.’ …Incredibly, she says she does not hate her captor. ‘I did used [sic] to hate him,’ she said. ‘I just felt completely powerless. But life is also very short. There is no time to be spent on hatred and anger.’ … ‘I would like to reconcile with him in the future,’ she added. ‘If he wants it.’” (Metro.co.uk, 01/18/17) [IT 8.2]