Maoist cult leader claims to have cured epilepsy through ‘self-cleansing’

The leader of a communist sect accused of raping and falsely imprisoning his followers used a system of self-cleansing to heal them, a court was told.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, said he had cured his sister-in-law’s epilepsy after she arrived in London in 1970.

“I spent a lot of time developing her mind,” he told Southwark Crown Court. “She was given three months to live, and she’s still alive today.”

He said looking after his sister-in-law “was self-sacrifice”, which he called “the way to cleanse yourself”.

Mr Balakrishnan, from Enfield, said his revolutionary socialism was inspired by the actions of what he called “the fascist British state” during the 1960s and Seventies. But “the collective”, as his sect was referred to, “was somewhat built around helping her.”

A further follower was encouraged to write a “sexual autobiography” “so she could clear her mind”, the court heard.

Mr Balakrishnan denies the charges of false imprisonment, cruelty to a child under 16, seven counts of indecent assault, four counts of rape and three counts of actual bodily harm.

The trial continues.

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