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  • Aravindan Balakrishnan accused of cult Sexual Abuse

    The leader of a Maoist cult, Aravindan Balakrishnan, has been charged with imprisonment of his own daughter for 30 years and raping two female followers.

    Aravindan Balakrishnan accused of cult Sexual Abuse

    “He bent them to his will using mental and physical dominance, violence and sexual degradation.”

    Maoist cult leader, Aravindan Balakrishnan, has allegedly raped his female followers and imprisoned his daughter for 30 years.

    The 75-year-old communist revolutionary is accused of ‘raping and indecently assaulting’ two female members of the cult.

    When his wife became ill, he started to make sexual advances towards them and moved onto beating them.

    Prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC says: “They were forced into sexual acts over which they had no choice and were deliberately degrading and humiliating.

    “He seemed to exult in his power over them.”

    Aravindan-Balakrishnan

    In addition, the ‘Comrade Bala’ is charged with ‘child cruelty and false imprisonment of his own daughter’.

    The Southwark Crown Court has heard how he imprisoned his daughter, not allowing her to go to school or make contact with her birth mother – one of his followers who passed away in 1997.

    He also convinced her that she would ‘spontaneously combust’ if she tried to break free.

    The court hears: “She was hidden from the outside world, and it kept from her, except as a tool with which to terrify her into subjugation.”

    Cottage QC adds: “It doesn’t have to be by lock and key. It doesn’t have to be chained up.

    “Over time, the psychological and mental control was so strong over her that she could not exercise any independent choice at all.”

    His tactics included beating her from age four and telling her of irrational fears of the outside world, making her terrified enough to never want to leave.

    rapeProsecution says: “Her freedom of movement was restrained to the extent that even though she could have left physically, the power that defendant exercised over her meant that she could never leave.”

    Not only this, but one of his victims has allegedly been attacked seven times over a period of 12 years since 1980.

    Cottage QC comments: “This case concerns the brutal and calculated manipulation by one man to subjugate women under his control.

    “He bent them to his will using mental and physical dominance, violence and sexual degradation.”

    This cult, Workers’ Institute of Marxism–Leninism–Mao Zedong Thought, was first formed in the 1970s in Brixton, London

    Balakrishnan’s main goal has been to overthrow the ‘fascist state’, and he recruited students and advocated rights and power of the workers.

    The following for this group began to decrease over the years, as a result of the diminishing relevance and influence of his agenda. He was left with around six women.

    The cult soon became ‘a cult of Bala’, where he was the ‘all-powerful’ and ‘all-seeing’ leader.

    Aravindan Balakrishnan accused of cult Sexual AbuseProsecution states: “There was to be no deviation from communist, Maoist thinking and teaching.

    “No one was allowed to read anything save for prescribed works.”

    He ruled a dictatorship over the members and insisted they follow his values and abide by his way of life, until his arrest in November 2013.

    Balakrishnan has denied all 16 charges against him, including rape, indecent assault, child cruelty and false imprisonment.

    The trial continues.

    Katie is a English graduate specialising in journalism and creative writing. Her interests include dancing, performing and swimming and she strives to keep an active and healthy lifestyle! Her motto is: "What you do today can improve all your tomorrows!"

    Images courtesy of The Mirror and The Guardian


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