promote dependence and obedience. check.
modify behavior with rewards and punishments. check.
dictate where and with whom you live. check.
restrict or control sexuality. check.
control clothing or hairstyle. check.
regulate what and how much you eat and drink. check. bigger check or Judaism or Islam, though.
deprive you of seven to nine hours of sleep... I don't think so? Do we have to check off every single box to be a cult? Islam does that by forcing you to wake up and pray but Christianity I don't think so except on Sundays.
exploit you financially. check.
restrict leisure time and activities. check.
require you to seek permission for major decisions. like whom you're allowed to marry? check.
deliberately withhold and distort information. check.
forbid you from speaking with ex-members and critics. I wouldn't say forbid, but strongly advise against? check
A bit outmoded in many places now maybe but I expect that would be because the church has lost a lot of the power it was holding over people - I expect they would enforce such things if they could
regulate what and how much you eat and drink. check.
deprive you of seven to nine hours of sleep... as a parent, the opposite really.
exploit you financially. arguably.
deliberately withhold and distort information. Far too often.
forbid you from speaking with ex-members and critics. Typically not, but occasionally seen.
Parenting is a cult. We need to liberate all minors!
However, Mecca and Medina should not be acceptable answers based on the clue provided.
I wouldn't add them either, but I would put in Masjid