• Saturday, May 18, 2024


Exploring The Cult Next Door: Documentary delves into story of Aravindan Balakrishnan’s Maoist cult


THE extraordinary story of Aravindan Balakrishnan and his London-based Maoist cult dominated the headlines for months when it emerged that three of his captives had managed to break free from his clutches after decades in captivity.

Following their dramatic escape in 2013, Balakrishnan was later jailed for 23 years after he was found guilty of child cruelty, false imprisonment and rape. A new documentary by award winning Vanessa Engle, which aired on the BBC this week, traces the…


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