A former cult leader who committed heinous crimes was sentenced today for raping two of his followers and keeping his daughter a prisoner in a commune for 30 years. The guilty man bagged 23-years imprisonment.
The man named Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, known as Comrade Bala, was found guilty of carrying out a brutal and violent sexual abuse and molestation against the women over several decades. He was given a 23-years imprisonment sentence.
Balakrishnan brainwashes his followers into believing that he had God-like powers in order to restrain them from spilling his secret. He told them that an invented supernatural force named 'Jackie' -his creation though - would unleash chains of natural disasters if provoked and the only way not to provoke it was to obey him.
At his trial, Balakrishnan said Jackie had been built by the Chinese Communist Party and stood for Jehovah, Allah, Christ, Krishna, Immortal, Easwaran.
Dailystar reports that after fathering a daughter, he kept her prisoner in their south London home for three decades. Beaten, banned from singing nursery rhymes, going to school or even making friends, his daughter described herself as a "shadow woman" who was kept like a caged bird".
Jurors at London's Southwark Crown Court found him guilty of six counts of indecent assault and four counts of rape.
He was also convicted of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, cruelty to a child under 16, and false imprisonment.
His daughter revealed how the cult leader idolised tyrants such as Chairman Mao, Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein, wanting to be "bigger than all of them".
Katy Morgan-Davies, 33, formerly known as Rosie Davies, has decided to waive her right to anonymity and reveal her true identity.
She hopes that by coming forward she will encourage others to speak out and reveal what it is like to live "like a caged bird".
Katy said: "It was horrible, so dehumanising and degrading. I felt like a caged bird with clipped wings."
Balakrishnan, of Enfield, north London, was impassive as he was sentenced.