5 Dec 2015

UK cult leader guilty of rape

2:22 pm on 5 December 2015

A Maoist cult leader has been found guilty of raping and beating his female followers, while keeping his own daughter a prisoner for more than 30 years in homes across south London.

Prosecutors said 75-year-old Aravindan Balakrishnan, known as Comrade Bala, used sexual degradation and physical and mental violence to keep the women under his control.

They said he turned his commune, based on Communist teachings, into his own personal cult with members who believed him to be a god.

London's Southwark Crown Court was told his own daughter, who was born to one of the women in the collective, was bullied and beaten.

Balakrishnan will be sentenced at a later date.