A single cousin marriage doubles the risk of children born with birth defects, according to a study seeking answers to unexpectedly high mortality and birth defects in babies in the Pakistani community. Around 4,444 researchers conclude that the cultural practices of cousin marriage are more important than any other method, and that the effects of deprivation outweigh the effects of deprivation in some of Bradford where the study was conducted. I did. Marriage with relatives accounted for almost one-third (31%) of all birth defects in infants from Pakistan.
In the Pakistani community of England and Wales, about 90 more babies than expected die each year from birth defects.

However, this issue is very sensitive because family marriage is an established cultural tradition. Studies prior to were controversial, but the lead author of the paper, Eamonn Sheridan of the University of Leeds, tracked the health of 13,500 babies born at the Royal Hospital of Bradford between 2007 and 2011. He said there was strong community involvement in the Born in Bradford study. (That is, people with general grandparents, or people with other relatively young ancestors). This practice was common in the past and is still common in some societies, but such marriages are prohibited in some jurisdictions. Globally, more than 10% of marriages are between cousins. Cousin marriage is an important topic in anthropology and alliance theory.

In some cultures and communities, cousin marriage is considered ideal and is actively encouraged and expected. Others consider them to be socially stigmatized and taboo for incest. Cousin marriage has historically been practiced by the indigenous cultures of Australia, North America, South America and Polynesia. Various religions range from the ban on the marriage of six cousins ​​(some forms of Hinduism and Catholicism) to the free marriage of their first cousins ​​(Protestant, Islam, Judaism, and some of Hinduism). Form).

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