Muslima: ‘I refused to marry my cousin after the death of my baby brother and twin’

Aisha’s Pakistani-born parents, Mohammed and Barkat, are first cousins. There is fresh and growing evidence that marriage between relatives within the Pakistani community may be to blame – in part at least – for a dramatic rise in the number of children with genetic disorders being treated in British hospitals.

Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday under Freedom of Information laws reveal a huge challenge, not only for such communities, but also for the Health Service. And it comes with vast financial implications.

The figures show that up to 20 per cent of the children treated for congenital problems in cities such as Sheffield, Glasgow and Birmingham are of Pakistani descent, a figure significantly greater than the background populations, which can be four per cent or lower.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital alone has seen the number of Pakistani children treated for genetic disorders increase by as much as 43 per cent since 2011.

Officials admit it is impossible to calculate the cost of treating these problems, but there is no doubting the extraordinary scale of the expense, which even in 2004 was estimated at £2billion a year.

Today that figure will be substantially greater still, as hospitals diagnose an ever broader range of conditions and new treatments become available.


This is not news in Britain – inbreeding among Muslims was addressed in this Channel 4 documentary series; Dispatches – When Cousins Marry which originally aired in 2010, the full documentary is below.

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  • Dana Garcia

    I remember those reports about muslim cousin marriage. The muslims seem remarkably stubborn about retaining a practice that can harm their own children horribly, and it isn’t even required by Mohammed.

    Cousin marriage in this modern age of science illustrates that islam must be quarantined since it can’t be fixed. Immigration is insanity.

    • The ability to conclude that cousin marriage is unhealthy probably doesn’t exist in the masses.

    • Martin B

      Marrying your daughter off to her first cousin as soon as possible means you won’t have to murder her to preserve the family honor when she loses her virginity to some stranger.

      It also keeps the dowry and the family wealth within the extended family.

      Those are just two of the reasons for the stubborn persistence of this backwardness.

  • disqusW6sf

    I thought it was a well known fact one didn’t marry the first cousin…

    • Clausewitz

      When you live within the confines of a 7th century religion, my guess would be that they haven’t caught up to that bit of science yet.

      • disqusW6sf

        True. After viewing part of the video my guess is they don’t want to.

  • UCSPanther

    There are those who joke that Southern Hillbillies are bad for inbreeding.

    I give you Pakistani cousin marriages as your counter joke…

  • simus1

    But if she won’t marry some std plagued moronic first cousin from Pakistan that means his family will have to spend thousands of pounds extra to have him smuggled into England. What a selfish unislamic young woman.

  • ismiselemeas

    What’s not mentioned is that the vast majority of the families abandon their sick children to the care of the state further increasing the money drain on the hospitals and care facilities of an already broken NHS.

    • simus1

      Devout muslims who chose to live in infidel ruled regions have certain obligations they must be willing to carry out to retain their cred. One of them is to burden the infidels around them in any way possible short of endangering their own lives.

  • WalterBannon

    Who cares. Let them all die

  • Blacksmith

    Just because the rest of the civilized world has known inbreeding is bad for centuries doesn’t mean it applies to pisslam, You are an islamophobe!