Maoistcult leader guilty of rape, child cruelty
AravindanBalakrishnan, the 75-year-old Maoistcult leader who led a secretive London commune from 1975 to 2013, has beenconvicted of four charges of rape involving members of his group, falseimprisonment of his daughter, and child cruelty. Balakrishnan was alsoconvicted of six charges of indecent assault and two charges of assault.Balakrishnan’s daughter, whose name was withheld, was imprisoned by her fatheruntil she was 30 years old and escaped in October of 2013. She told the policeshe was beaten by her father, and that her father told her he was God. (The Guardian, 12/4/15) [IT 7.2 2016]
Courthears that Maoist cult leader “raped female followers and imprisoned daughterfor 30 years”
A Maoist revolutionary cult leader, Aravindan Balakrishnan, has been charged with child cruelty andfalse imprisonment for holding his daughter against her will for 30 years. Heis also charged with raping and indecently assaulting two female members of thegroup. Balakrishnan is the leader of a communist collective, founded as the Worker’s Institute in Brixton. He isaccused of brainwashing his women followers into believing that he wasall-powerful and all-seeing. Balakrishnan would keep his followers in line byusing threats, violence, and sexual degradation. His daughter rarely left thehouse because of fear of the outside world, which Balakrishnan used as a toolto keep her submissive. The case continues, and Balakrishnan denies all chargesmade against him. (The Independent,11/12/15) [IT 7.1 2016]
Suspected cult leader charged in Brixton slavery case
Aravindan Balakrishnan, thealleged leader of an extreme left-wing Maoist cult in south London, has beencharged in connection with suspected domestic slavery and a string of sexualoffences.The73-year-old was arrested last November and charged after a lengthy policeinvestigation into allegations that he held a number of women against theirwill at a house in Brixton.The police said he had been charged with one count of cruelty to aperson under 16 years, one count of false imprisonment, 19 counts of indecentassault, and four counts of rape. The alleged offenses relate to three women.He was scheduled to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court in December2014.
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]