From the Daily News:
Cousin marriages are on the rise in the U.K., putting children at ten times the risk of genetic disorders, reports the Telegraph.
The problem is the most prevalent in Britain’s Pakistani community, where more than half the marriages occur between first cousins.
Cousin marriage also occurs among British Bangladeshis as well as some Middle Eastern and East African communities.
That means that more than half of all Pakistani men in the UK arrange marriages between their own grandchildren. Holy Broken Chromosomes, Batman! What are these people thinking? What are the Brits thinking?
Ann Cryer, a former member of Parliament, faced pushback for attempting to highlight this issue.
"It's a public health issue and we deal with public health issues by raising awareness, by talking about subjects such as obesity, such as drug addiction, such as alcohol," she said.