Invisible Children

Daughter of Aravindan Balakrishnan and Sian Davies

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Aravindan Balakrishnan and sian davies
A girl (identified in the media by various pseudonyms including Rose Davies and Fran) was born in 1983 to Sian Davies (pictured at right), one of the followers of Aravindan Balakrishnan (pictured at left) and a member of his insular left-wing group, the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought. The girl was kept prisoner inside the group members’ house until her escape at age 30. She was beaten by other members of the group and denied medical care. She was homeschooled by Balakrishnan, who told her she was an orphan and forbade her from singing nursery rhymes or looking out the window.

Balakrishnan regularly beat group members Aishah Wahab and Josephine Herivel in front of the girl, and he sexually assaulted two other group members whose identities have not been released. Davies died in 1997 after a fall from a window, which police are now viewing as suspicious. The abuse came to light in 2013 when Herivel helped the girl escape so that she could seek treatment for her diabetes. Balakrishnan was found guilty of indecent assault, rape, assault, cruelty to a child, and false imprisonment. His wife, Chanda Pattni, was also arrested but was released without charge.

Date: October 25, 2013
Brixton, borough of Lambeth, London, United Kingdom


Documents: Date:
Couple accused of holding three women as slaves for decades named 11-25-2013
Missing ‘slave’ baby mystery: Police probe child sighting as first picture of victim ‘Rose’ emerges 11-25-2013
London ‘slave’ girl Rose Davies quizzed over mum Sian Davies’ death plunge 12-22-2013
Slavery probe shambles as prime suspect cleared: Wife told she will not be prosecuted over claims she and her husband held three women for thirty years 09-24-2014
Maoist ‘cult’ leader denies rape as he claims female commune members competed for his affections 11-26-2015
Maoist cult: The woman who refused to be hidden 12-04-2015
Who were the women who formed Balakrishnan’s Maoist collective? 12-04-2015
Elderly cult leader Aravindan Balakrishnan guilty of sexual assault 12-05-2015
The tyranny of ‘Comrade Bala’ 12-06-2015
Death of Welsh mum could be re-investigated following conviction of secretive cult leader who fathered her daughter 12-06-2015