Maoist activist faces rape charges
A Maoist activist is due to appear in court today charged with 25 offences including rape and child cruelty.
Aravindan Balakrishnan, 74, is also accused of false imprisonment and 19 counts of indecent assault, Scotland Yard said.
He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.
Following the decision to charge Balakrishnan, Anthony Connell, senior prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: " After careful consideration we have decided that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest."
Balakrishnan, who was arrested in Lambeth, south London, in November last year, faces one count of cruelty to a person under the age of 16, one count of false imprisonment, 19 counts of indecent assault and four counts of rape.
The alleged offences relate to three women and span a period between January 1980 and October 2013, Scotland Yard said.
A 67-year-old woman, understood to be Balakrishnan's wife Chanda Pattni, was arrested with him in November last year.
In September, after 10 months on bail, she was told she would face no further action and released without charge.