A HIGH number of British Pakistanis are risking the health of their children by marrying cousins – in a bid to protect wealth and bring family to the UK from overseas, according to a life peer.
Baroness Flather said because of ‘inbreeding’, members of the ethnic group are 13 TIMES more likely than the rest of the UK population to have disabled children.
The Pakistan-born peer has called on the Government to take steps against the issue of unions between close relatives in Muslim communities, which she called an “outdated, un-British custom”.
She said: “This tradition, which is followed mainly by migrant families who originate from the Kashmir region of Pakistan, has the tragic consequence of causing disproportionately high rates of disability among their offspring because of the far greater risks of genetic disorders.”
She also accused Britain of a “cowardly reluctance to tackle damaging social practices within certain ethnic minorities”.