It doesn't matter what the stated ideologies are, the true purpose of all cults is for their leaders to exercise full control over their followers. Aravindan Balakrishnan began his leftist organization in the 1970s with the intention of teaching others about Maoist communism in an effort to start some sort of revolution. That revolution obviously never happened, and Balakrishnan now faces charges of sexual abuse and imprisonment.
Still, the crazed cult leader blames the "disloyalty" of the women who reported him on some kind of communist doomsday device that he claims is beyond his control.
Aravindan Balakrishnan was a charasmatic leftist organizer in Brixton in the 1970s. Charmed by his demonstrations, many people joined the so-called "Worker's Institute," which planned to one day free England from capitalism.
Their headquarters was a bookshop that the members rarely left. Bala used extreme brainwashing techniques to break them. He often resorted to humiliation and physical abuse.
The members were told that any act of abuse was all part of training for the revolution. If you listened to the leader's logic, the People's Republic of China would soon free them from the bonds of capitalism, and they would be greatly rewarded for their efforts.
Three victims have come forward. They say that they were held captive by Comrade Bala and his wife for over 30 years. They were forced to perform humiliating sexual acts on Bala, which they were told to keep secret.
The fourth woman pictured died in 1997 by falling from the window of the Workers' headquarters. Her daughter (pictured in the middle) finally escaped this year.
One woman finally alerted authorities to the acts, and Aravindan Balakrishnan (now 75) is being charged with several counts of rape, indecent assault, false imprisonment, and child cruelty.
If there's any doubt that Balakrishnan is crazy, his claims that he can initiate a doomsday satellite war machine named Jackie prove otherwise. He says that the machine can pull people's heads off.
If you ask him, Jackie went rogue and caused the women to rise up against him. The device's name supposedly stands for "Jehova, Allah, Christ, Krishna, Immortal, Easwaran." Seems legit.
On top of all this, one of the women who was imprisoned by Balakrishnan was revealed to be the man's own daughter. He and his wife kept her hidden for thirty years and didn't tell her who her parents were. She escaped in 2005, but at the time, police could do nothing to help her.