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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.

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"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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