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Maoist cult leader guilty of rape, child cruelty

Aravindan Balakrishnan, the 75-year-old Maoist cult leader who led a secretive London commune from 1975 to 2013, has been convicted of four charges of rape involving members of his group, false imprisonment of his daughter, and child cruelty. Balakrishnan was also convicted of six charges of indecent assault and two charges of assault. Balakrishnan's daughter, whose name was withheld, was imprisoned by her father until she was 30 years old and escaped in October of 2013. She told the police she was beaten by her father, and that her father told her he was God. (The Guardian, 12/4/15) [IT 7.2 2016]

Court hears that Maoist cult leader “raped female followers and imprisoned daughter for 30 years”

A Maoist revolutionary cult leader, Aravindan Balakrishnan, has been charged with child cruelty and false imprisonment for holding his daughter against her will for 30 years. He is also charged with raping and indecently assaulting two female members of the group. Balakrishnan is the leader of a communist collective, founded as the Worker’s Institute in Brixton. He is accused of brainwashing his women followers into believing that he was all-powerful and all-seeing. Balakrishnan would keep his followers in line by using threats, violence, and sexual degradation. His daughter rarely left the house because of fear of the outside world, which Balakrishnan used as a tool to keep her submissive. The case continues, and Balakrishnan denies all charges made against him. (The Independent, 11/12/15) [IT 7.1 2016]

Suspected cult leader charged in Brixton slavery case

Aravindan Balakrishnan, the alleged leader of an extreme left-wing Maoist cult in south London, has been charged in connection with suspected domestic slavery and a string of sexual offences. The 73-year-old was arrested last November and charged after a lengthy police investigation into allegations that he held a number of women against their will at a house in Brixton. The police said he had been charged with one count of cruelty to a person under 16 years, one count of false imprisonment, 19 counts of indecent assault, and four counts of rape. The alleged offenses relate to three women. He was scheduled to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court in December 2014.

Arvind Balakrishnan, 73, known as Comrade Bala, leader of London’s Workers’ Institute of Marxism Leninism Mao Zedong Thought and said by a former member to have controlled followers by claiming he was Jesus Christ, has been accused of holding three women hostage for more than thirty years. A community worker who attended Balakrishnan’s lectures said that Comrade Bala was “approachable and charismatic. His flaw was that he was 100 percent revolutionary. If people said he was brainwashing others, he said he was clearing their brains. His followers were committed to becoming revolutionaries.” (Independent, 11/28/13) [IT 5.1 2014]