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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Keeping It In the Family

From BBC News, posted Nov. 16, 2005:

The risks of cousin marriage

By Justin Rowlatt
BBC Newsnight

Many people would find the idea of marrying a first cousin shocking, but such marriages are not unusual in some British communities.

It is estimated that at least 55% of British Pakistanis are married to first cousins and the tradition is also common among some other South Asian communities and in some Middle Eastern countries.


"You have an understanding," explains Neila Butt, who married her first cousin, Farooq, nine years ago.

"Family events are really nice because my in-laws and his are related," she says.


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