Indian origin man in UK sentenced to 23 years jail

January 2016, International

In Brief:


Aravindan Balakrishnan, the 75-year-old Indian-origin man who ran a secretive extremist Maoist cult, was sentenced to 23 years in jail by a U.K. court for a string of sexual assaults. 

Balakrishnan, known to his followers as Comrade Bala, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London for six counts of indecent assault, four counts of rape and two counts of actual bodily harm. He was convicted following a jury trial in December last year where it emerged that he had kept his daughter in captivity for over 30 years.

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