Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, who ran a secret extremist Maoist cult in London, has been sentenced to 23 years in jail by a Southwark Crown Court, UK for a number of sexual assaults, rape, and imprisonment charges of his own daughter and followers.
Known to his followers as Comrade ‘Bala’, he was convicted by a jury in December, 2015, when it emerged that he had kept his daughter in captivity for over 30 years. He brainwashed the girl into thinking he had God-like powers and that he could read their minds as a means of subjecting them to years of abuse.
The girl age 33, who has now changed her name to Katy Morgan Davies said she felt like a caged bird with clipped wings. Katy Morgan-Davies said "I felt like a caged bird with clipped wings. The people he looked up to were people like Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein - you couldn't criticise them either in the house. They were his gods and his heroes. These were the sort of people he wanted to emulate".
She also told the court she was beaten and banned from school or making friends. After 30 years being kept a “slave” she managed to escape the cult in 2013 after memorizing the number for an anti-slavery charity she saw on the news. The judge recommended a donation of 500 pounds to Palm Cove Society the charity that helped Katy escape from her violent father. His wife who lived with him as part of his Workers Institute of Marxism, was unaware her husband had fathered a daughter with his follower Sian Davies.
The accused Balakrishnan has denied the charges of rape saying he was the target of jealous women who made sexual advances towards him. The sentencing ends an over two-year police investigation into a case which Scotland Yard detectives described as "completely unique".