One in five child deaths in a borough of London were because the parents were closely related, a report has found.
Redbridge Council’s health and wellbeing board heard how 19% of infant deaths between 2008 and 2016 were ‘attributable to consanguineous relationships’.
Consanguineous relationships refer to couples who are at least second cousins or more closely related and are legal in the UK.
They have proved contentious in Britain in the past but are more common elsewhere.
According to an article published last year in the Economist, around 40% of marriages in Egypt are consanguineous.
The Redbridge report stated that 9% of the children who died in Redbridge were of Pakistani ethnicity.
Add in the Bangladeshi’s and other immigrants and the percentage of infant deaths due to Muslim incest and inbreeding is likely well over 50%. And occurs in more than just one London borough.
In the UK more than 50 per cent of British Pakistanis marry their cousins – in Bradford that figure is 75 per cent – and across the country the practice is on the rise and also common among East African, Middle-Eastern and Bangladeshi communities.