Maoist cult leader Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, who used violence, fear and sexual degradation to enslave women he held captive, has been found guilty of numerous sex assaults on followers whom he told he had God like powers.
The ghoul of a man also imprisoned and mistreated his own daughter for over 30 years in a commune in south London.
Balakrishnan of Enfield, London, was convicted of indecent assault, four counts of rape and two counts of actual bodily harm. He was also found guilty of cruelty to a child under 16.
In 1963 Balakrishnan left Singapore to study at the London School of Economics. In 1970 he set up his own Maoist commune in Brixton where he subjected two of his followers to sex attacks, one of whom was the mother of his daughter. The woman died from a fall from a second floor window in 1996. In 2013 his daughter aged around 30, escaped from the commune with the help of a charity and Balakrishnan was charged with false imprisonment, child cruelty and a number of sex offences.
After the sentencing his daughter said she was ‘overwhelmed with relief’ and is happy with the result, but at the end of the ‘he is still my dad’.